Every once in a while an author's book makes it onto the shelves of some place. This is a big milestone in an author's life. It's a weird feeling in so many ways. Your inward self is really out there now. It's done. Keep breathing. Cake is good. Let the happy thoughts fill you, even though you feel sort of terrified.
Your book is going to do its own thing now. This feels a little like when your first child heads off to school. You must let them go and off they go. He or she was born to go. It's terrible and wonderful at the same time. This is part of the journey, you whisper to yourself.
Your book making is its way to readers. This is a little like when your child graduates high school and heads off on his or her own. It feels like part of you is being cut off, and you will never heal. It feels like you have had the greatest privilege ever to nurture an amazing person to this point. This is part of the journey, you whisper to yourself.
I am glad, dear folk, that you are with me on this journey with me. I am glad you all have traveled with me this far. It is a real gift.
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Many dropped by the Swoon booth at BEA. I handed out doodles. Here's one that went to a lucky visitor.
Finally a quote for your pocket. Suddenly the world is way less, Maya.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou