Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Paperbacks

This is one of those uber cool moments as a writer: when you get your book in paperback. Today, I received my first proof of Sterling. I needed to check out how the saturation levels of the artwork would be, as well as how the size of the fonts. Sometimes what you see on the virtual proof will differ from the printed copy. I didn't want to waste time stalling because I hadn't ironed out the back description, so I went ahead and ordered the proof. My expectation was I'd have some major adjustments, but I'm THRILLED with how it's turned out. Only some minor tweaking to the title on the spine, a little lightening in spots, and of course that pesky back text.

What sucks is that I can't really enjoy them, because just as soon as I got the books, I had to pack my backs and come to my parents house for Thanksgiving. So here I am, without my book. But I have way too much else going on and I can focus on it better when my vacation is over.

My guess is after the second proof, I should be ready to roll. I want to sit down and read through it, just to make sure nothing wonky happened during their printing. It would be a huge surprise if I could get this out in December, as my goal was always the first quarter of 2013.

It's an amazing feeling to actually hold my book in my hands, and especially knowing that it's mine from exterior to interior content. I'll keep this first proof as a memento (It has a big stamp of PROOF on the back page), since it's sentimental, even with it's flaws and not being finalized.

I feel more confident with how the Twist cover will turn out, now that I know my way around full book cover design. Impulse will require some work, because I need to resize i properly, so those books I'm going to tell you right now won't be ready until early next year. Which isn't that far off.

So now, for the first time, I get to empty one of my bookshelf cubes and make that mine. Home to my books.

It's a great feeling.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Congratulations! It looks beautiful! I think I would of packed the books and brought them with me. Then carry it around all day with a huge grin on my face.

    1. LOL! So tempting, but that would have been too distracting and I have much to do with my family. :-)

  2. Congratulations!! I can only imagine that feeling of seeing your own books on your bookshelves!! Fantastic!! Can't wait to add YOUR books to my bookshelves!! :)