Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Book Launch Hangover, and my first unofficial review

I'm trying to find my balance between the book launch and the impending holidays, and I'm afraid I'm not doing it well. Still, everytime I turn around I see something else that reminds me of the amazingness of this time:

An incredible (and completely unexpected) bouquet of flowers that a crit partner sent me that totally floored me (and about sent me into tears when it arrived on my doorstep on Monday)

A silver bookmark another dear friend gave me this weekend (saying, "If anyone's had a year, it's been you.")


And my editor sent me a link to a blog post she wrote on our publisher blog. The jist of it is this:

Our recently released title Some Kind of Normal showcases that kind of writing--where you get so pulled into the story that you don't even notice the words.

This was one of the most difficult books I've ever edited--NOT because the manuscript was poorly written--but BECAUSE of the way the author, Heidi Willis, strings her words together. I'd get so immersed in the story that I'd forget about editing and just read to enjoy her character's voice...

This one is a "must read" for anyone who loves to get lost in a story.

 Too bad I can't put that on the cover!  :)

So the cards might be late this Christmas, the cookies might be last minute, the house might be less than stellar for the company, but there is only one debut book, and this is mine. And I'm determined to enjoy it.


  1. That's an awesome compliment and great gifts. Enjoy the moment.

  2. Wow, I totally feel famous. :0) Just for knowing such an incredible author. I can't wait to get my copy (which has been ordered by the way)!!

    Bask in the gifts and the compliments, you've worked hard to get here and you deserve it!! I'm soooo happy for you. Congrats a million times over :0) Thanks for sharing your journey!!

  3. AW, so glad it was such a great day! And great release!!!!

    I am so proud of you!


  4. What a beautiful and sincere compliment!

    And I definitely say enjoy your release!! The other things will come and go, but this is your only debut!

  5. WOW!!!! You must feel incredible!!!! What an amazing compliment!!!!

  6. Heidi,
    I am so thrilled for you! Absolutely, you must enjoy this wonderful time. What an incredible way to move into the holidays. Congratulations on all of your great news.

    I wanted to mention that I also have an award for you at my home on the web. You can pick up your One Lovely Blog Award at Yaya's Home ~ Yaya

  7. You

    No matter who it's from!

  8. nice post - cant wait to read :)

  9. What a lovely complement! I can't wait to get my hands on that book!

    Enjoy every moment of this very exciting time in your life. Take pictures!

  10. Wow, what a month! That bouquet is utterly gorgeous. Congratulations on your book launch.

  11. Thank you all! I've been overwhelmed with snow and kids and Christmas and obligations and company, and I haven't had time to reply to each of you as I would like to have done.

    I'll be back at the beginning of the year, I hope. Maybe before if things settle down after Christmas! :)

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