And so it happens, after years of angst and love, devotion and toil it finally happens. Your book makes it out into the world wide web for the masses to feed upon. This isn't the first go-round on the carousel, not at all. Yet, somehow it always feels like the first time.
There's a great deal of anxiety waiting for the proof copies. Then even more worry as the buy links for the third-party sellers take FOREVER to come on-line. Meanwhile you have this need to dance like a fool in public saying, "I did it! I freakin' did it!"
Because, no matter how easy it is to grab a copy off the shelves, sit down and devour a book in a matter of hours, the process of creating this thing--your book, your beautiful book--takes a little bit of your soul with each passing minute invested in it.
However, just as the crest of achievement washes over you while you admire this gorgeous bit of creativity, your Oscar moment arrives. A humbling wave crashes down. Maybe your name is gracing the cover, but there were a great many people involved in this creation.
And so, before I get down to the business of begging the public to buy my baby, I'll make sure the following people receive acknowledgement:
My husband, Richard. Who on occasion must find food by himself and spend lonely hours talking to the person who nods an awful lot, but if her fingers are flying, she doesn't hear him. Thank you for your forbearance. If anyone thinks being a writer is a lonely profession, you ought to speak to their spouse.
My support group, EWAG It's extremely relieving to talk to a fellow creative soul on a regular basis, just to check whether or not the voices in your head are normal. Apparently they are. It's too bad the rest of the world can't hear them. It can be very entertaining.
My publisher and cover artist, Traci Markou. It seems like forever since we "met" in the Novel Workshop on writing.com Thanks for providing me the freedom to let my voice sing what it wishes, without worrying about the demands of pop culture. You are an inspiration!
My editor, Sandra Sookoo. At long last I found an editor who hears the historical notes in my work while beating the technical writing into submission. I am never a hollow husk after running through edits with you, I'm only confident the book and my writing just got better!
My beta readers, Wendy and Heather. Before the editor, there comes the readers who prevent silly mistakes from making it past my outbox. You are invaluable!
Well, there you have it. I'll just dance off stage now. Thanks for listening!
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