Sunday, July 31, 2011
In Which Reality Hits Me (Or my ARCs arrive!)
JUADSOL!!! (Jumping up and down screaming out loud!)
This week my Advanced Reader's Copies, or ARCs arrived in the mail.
I jumped, I screamed, I took pictures, did a happy dance, and then I had to go back to the crazy business of preparing for 25 Japanese exchange students to arrive. (Sometimes I wear too many hats.)
It wasn't until two days later, when all my students were happily settled with host families that I sat down and flipped through the pages. Maybe I was afraid if I got to it too soon, I wouldn't really appreciate it, maybe I was still a little afraid that it wasn't real. Then I read the acknowledgments and I cried, because it finally hit me that I have a book with my name on it!!!
At that moment I realized it was real. I also realized how many wonderful people have been a part of this process. (I can't thank them enough.)
To any writer struggling with their first book, or struggling to get out of the slush pile I say don't give up on yourself or on your dream. You can do it! All you need to get started is one person to believe in you. Make that one person you!
It's absolutely bizarre, cool, amazing, and wonderful to have reached this point. Thank you to so many people for believing in me.