Friday, December 16, 2011

My Book is Here, for realz

There have been a load of fun moments in this 2 year process of publishing a novel. I've learned a lot along the way, never knowing what to expect next until I got an email or phone call from my publisher or agent. (Actually landing an agent and editor were HUGE moments in and of themselves.)

Some of the highlights include my "first pass" pages, which was basically my book in a stack of loose leaf pages bound by a single rubber band. This was the final chance I had to make revisions and tweak my a dedication/acknowledgments. A fun moment following that was receiving my ARC (advanced readers copy). This was basically my book as a paper back. That was an awesome day.

Then I was assigned a publicist and she has worked like crazy to set up events for me surrounding my launch (only a couple of weeks away - eek!). It will be fun to be on Channel 27 news back home with an anchor who is actually a girl I know from growing up in the same small town. And it will be great to do book signings and read aloud from a book that's been like my baby for a couple of years now.

But the most exciting part happened today - when I received my copy. The real deal. A hard cover copy of The Queen of Kentucky. I'm in love with the cover, the copy, the bound book itself. When I opened that box today, not expecting anything in the mail to begin with, I was surprised that new book smell is actually even better than new car smell. It was a beautiful day.

And the best part is that you'll be able to get your very own copy soon! If you haven't ordered your copy yet, you can pre-order by calling these bookstores and they'll have your copy waiting at the signings... where I'm sure you'll want to come get it signed by yours truly. Right? 

The Corner Bookstore  -  Jan 5th, 6pm
1313 Madison Ave @93rd St
(212) 831-3554

Carmichael's Bookstore  -  Jan 13th, 7pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY
(502) 896-6950

Joseph-Beth Bookstore  -  Jan 14th, 6pm
161 Lexington Green
Lexington, KY
(859) 273-2911

Joseph-Beth Bookstore  -  Jan 15th, 2pm
2785 Dixie Highway
Crestview Hills, KY
(859) 912-7860

Cynthiana Public Library  -  Jan 17th, 4:30pm
104 North Main Street
Cynthiana, KY
(859) 234-4881