Thursday, March 22, 2007
When the Author's Copies Arrive
It happened today. Right after lunch. I walked the DH out to his car as he headed back to work, paused to chat with a neighbor out on the front lawn. And the UPS truck drove up. My heart skipped a beat. I had that feeling...
And I was right. My author copies of my May Special Edition, FROM HERE TO PATERNITY had arrived.
I lugged the box inside, moved Tom the cat off it when he instantly insisted that it must be a new place for him to sit, got out my trusty utility knife and...zip, zip. I had it open and a copy in my hands.
There's a great moment for ya, even after 60-plus books: the day when you get to hold your finished book in your hot little hands. I cried the day I got my copies of my first book, a date so far back it's shrouded in the mists of time. I held that Harlequin Temptation in my hands and thought of all the people who might read it and the tears started flowing. I'd made my dream a reality at last. I was a published author.
No, I don't burst into tears any more when my author copies arrive. But I still feel that glow, to think of readers who will hold books just like it and turn the pages and enter a world of my creation.
I hope they will relish getting lost in that world. I hope they will laugh and cry and sigh. I hope they'll recapture the amazing feeling of falling in love.
Oh, and another really neat thing is that FROM HERE TO PATERNITY is number 19 in the Bravo Family Saga. And there are lots more to come. I mean, who knew when I started with the Bravos that they'd still be going strong a decade later?
I have the best job. No kidding. I truly do.