Things are suddenly getting very real around here. After months (okay, years) of writing and revising A Strange Companion, it’s suddenly a real book.
I know it’s a real book because:
- It’s available for pre-order on the major bookseller sites.
- A printed proof arrived and I have held it in my hand.
- I’m throwing a Publication Party, and I couldn’t do that without a real, published book.
It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind these past few weeks and I’ve been living or dying by the task list. I’ve eaten meals but, more than once, I’ve looked at my empty plate with no recollection of cutting, chewing, or swallowing food. My husband has asked me questions and I’ve found myself staring at him as if he’s speaking an alien language, while my brain spins to catch up. If someone asked me my plans for the weekend, I’d say, “Oh, nothing special,” but I’d be thinking, Duh. I’m working on my book!
I think it’s supposed to be this way. A book launch is supposed to be a crazy time of preparation, of dotting i’s and crossing t’s, of smoothing the way for the shiny new book to burst out into the world.
As insane as it’s been, it’s also been a lot of fun. I’ve had some incredible moments, such as:
- The moment I finished inputting the proofreader’s final edits and realized I’d never have to read this book again. (I still love it; I just don’t want to read it again for a very long time. Plus, I know what happens at the end!)
- The day I arrived home to find the printer’s first proof copy sitting on my doorstep.
- When I read the first review and realized that someone other than me and the people who care about me loved my book.
So, in all the swirling madness, it’s these moments that I’m trying to remember and savor.
Now for some details:
If you’d like to pre-order the book, grab it by April 3rd for a special bonus gift. All that information is here.
Here’s the wonderful first review I received from The Reading Wolf.
Here’s my video of the unboxing of the proof.