Author copies! Big box of heavenly smelling goodness arrived on my doorstep last night. The whole book, right here in my little hands. Soooo very exciting. Amusingly enough, my wife brought me one before I knew they were here, and I thought she was joking around with me and wrapped one of my covers around another book. It took me a few seconds to realize it was the real deal. Nothing quite like holding it in your hand. It has been over three years since I typed “the end” on that first draft. Worth the wait? Of course. Words fail to adequately define the moment. Pride. Astonished. Happiness. And perhaps a bit of Gollumy “preciousssss”. It’s truly a fantastic, unreplicable moment in time, because there will only be one “first book” that you hold in your hands.
And now I can stress that others will enjoy it too. But to celebrate the arrival of a big box of awesome, I’ll pass along a signed copy of one to a randomly chosen person who comments here between now and Sunday. I’ll roll up the random number generator on Monday to pick a winner. Happy reading/writing everyone!