|First sighting of my book baby!|
So armed with my pens and snapshots of my book "in the wild", I returned home to wait. The signing was at 7pm and the day as agonizingly slow. I spent the time checking my Amazon sales numbers. (Just kidding. Maybe.)
|There's my book. Right on the front table!!|
Finally it was time to go to the bookstore for the signing. My husband and I loaded all of the kids in the van--that's right, we were crazy enough to bring them all--and drove to the store. As soon as we walked in, we saw a giant banner with a picture of my book. I started to feel important, but then I realized I didn't know what to do so I walked up to a cashier, pointed at the sign, and said, "Um, that's me? Do you have something or someplace you want me to be?"
Yes, everything I said came out like a question. My moment of coolness was gone.
|With Grace, the inspiration behind Antionette|
I want to stop here for a second. I had spent a lot of years dreaming about the day I finally had a book published. In all of them, I was incredibly calm about the entire process and never once did I have to wrestle a pack of kids in the bathroom.
You see until then, whenever I pictured the my book launch day I always imagined that I'd feel such a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. In my mind, I had made it. But that's not how I felt. Instead, I felt very much like the new kid at school who doesn't know anyone.
That is until all of these people I love showed up to support me. You all, it wasn't the feeling of accomplishment that I took home that night, it was the feeling of love and of family. And that is so much better than anything I could have imagined.
But compared to the people I'm blessed to have in my life, everything else falls away. So authors, when your book hits the shelves (because I believe in you and I know you'll get there) I hope sharing my story helps you leap over the crazy and go straight to embracing the experience and sharing it with people you love. Because trust me, it's not always this rosy! (More about that in the next post!)