WELL, FINALLY. HOPEFULLY BY NEXT Thursday, I will have a really date for the release of my book…and maybe I’ll know when my author’s page will be up and running.
Today, after a few hiccups, I sent in the final authorization for both the interior and cover galleys. Immediately, I wanted to run screaming from Open Ground Studios (I was there finalizing work on one last piece for the exhibition happening tomorrow…last minute–yup…I know) to announce to the world it is coming. It is finally happening. That I will be a published author — very soon. But I knew if I did, they’d pull up a padded wagon and take me away, so I stuffed the overenthusiastic energy. Instead, Denese (OGS owner) and I did a quiet little celebration with a Klondike bar. Then, I went about the rest of the day with a stupid grin on my face, driving too fast (but I did catch myself and slow down — repeatedly…), zooming from one errand to another listening to KLOVE, cranked up very loud, singing at the top of my lungs — until I finally made it home…and collapsed.
It’s been a fun, challenging, crazy, pull-out-the-hair kind of roller coaster ride through it all — and I’m not really done. Nope. Not yet. I still have to wait on pins and needles as I handle the promotional portion (authorizing new releases, etc), wait on the heads up that my author’s page is up and running (and then I will undoubtedly need to personalize it), and again, wait for the books, bookmarks and other promo material to arrive. But it is finally coming together — very quickly.
I do have two places lined up for readings and book signings (no dates set till I have a release date, of course), plus I need to talk with two or three local libraries about author readings. I have decided that any library where I do a reading will definitely be receiving copies of the paperback — and maybe hardbound copies.
I am blessed, for sure. I could not have done this all without my loving & forgiving family and friends, dedicated beta readers, a supportive publisher and an awesome cover artist! Thank you, thank you!
And, most importantly: God’s fingerprints are all over this project! Every single page…every single word! Thank you, Lord!