I remember jumping around my house–alone because my husband had dropped me off after our trip north and then gone to run an errand. My cell phone was acting up (my cell phone is always having trouble when I get a contract, or my friend Danyelle calls me to discuss the latest excitement on her own book–seriously, it’s happened three, or is it four times now!) so I ended up chatting online with my friend to tell her, and jumping around alone, celebrating for twenty minutes or so until my husband came home.
I took one final look at the manuscript (because no matter how many edits we’ve already done, a writer could keep tinkering for years. There’s always something left to tweak). Then I waited, and waited and waited for my turn to do edits. Just as I was about to go full swing into promotions I got the word that my book was being postponed from the original publication date in June to October.
Though that was a let down to have to wait even longer, it turned out to be a good move as National Adoption Awareness Month is in November, when my book (which deals with adoption issues) will be available in most bookstores. Also, It’s been relatively easy to get into bookstores because they are having promotions for the holidays, so I may get more exposure this way than I would have in the summer.
In the meantime, I got the contract for my second book, which was also totally awesome. =) We went through edits (Heidi is a saint if even half of her writers are as featherbrained as I am). And the book cover arrived. That was totally cool.
But nothing was as great as hearing the door to my parents’ store (where I work twice a week) open and hearing the tread of the UPS man’s footsteps. I leaped from the desk where I was working on the weekend deposit and ran around the displays so I could see him while I asked–“is it my book?”
I saw my mom lean over the stack of boxes and confirm that yes, one of them did have my books in it. Now, the UPS guy has never been especially chatty. Friendly and polite, yes, but I’ve never seen him hang around for a second longer than necessary. However, when he realized it was copies of MY BOOK he waited to watch me feverishly trying to cut through the plastic invoice holder that crossed the opening between the flaps (and loaned me his box opener because I was having trouble). I pulled away the packaging and beamed as this beautiful sight greeted me!
Oh, yes, they’re mine, all mine! Except for the one I sold less than five minutes later. Or the one half an hour after that. Or the third one a couple of hours after that. But somehow that’s even cooler. Not only do I now have copies of the book I wrote, but three other people already have copies on their own nightstands, bookshelves, or dinner tables (or with any luck, propped open being read while they ought to be doing something else!).
Once more I have to say a big thanks to my editor Heidi Doxey for being so fabulous to work with, and to Angela Olsen for the gorgeous cover.
YES! You look happy – just about as happy as I know I'll feel on that day. That's actually the day I dream about more than even getting the acceptance letter or the contract signed or anything else. Having a box come with those books of MINE in it that I can hold in my own hands!!
(By the way, I always mention if my word verification is interesting, and today it is: ablogg :o) I'm not sure what the extra "g" is for … LOL
What a cute story! congratulations! I hope you sell hundreds and hundreds of those boxes of books!
Why, yes, yes you do look happy. And so you should be. It's definitely an awesome, amazing, cool day. And you better bring a copy with you to critique tomorrow!
Heather, I am SO happy for you! And jealous, too, by the way. 🙂 Would I find a copy at my local bookstore, do you think? I'd love to hear more about how you got this published — the process, I mean. Email me?
I'd say you look very happy. Congratulations!
Love it!!! We want our copy 😀
Congrats, Heather! There's nothing like seeing your baby for the first time!
You look very happy, as well you should!
Congrats! You look very happy, as you should be.
Awesome, awesome, awesome! I'm so totally green with envy!!! =)
And yeah, girl – you should totally know by now that when your cell starts acting up, something awesome is going to happen! Congrats. I'm so very happy for you. See you next week!!!