Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's a Real Book!

Guess what came by UPS today? Okay, you've probably figured it out by now. I got my copies of my book.

Since I didn't get Advanced Review Copies, this is the first time I've seen it in print.

It's real! There's no denying it anymore. This is real. I have a book!

Here I am with my book.

And here's the box.

Notice the lovely oily residue all over it.

When I was waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with my precious cargo, I envisioned getting the box, opening it up with my delightful children looking on admiringly (a person can dream) and my husband documenting it all with the camera.

Then I saw the UPS truck drive past our house. Um. That wasn't part of the plan.

He parked two houses down.

I waited.

Sure enough in a couple of minutes he emerged and started walking toward our house with the box.

I went out to meet him.

"What's in the box?" he asked.

"Books," I answered. "My books."

Then he showed me the box. "Because something with coconut oil leaked all over it. We better make sure it's okay."

So I rushed inside for a scissors and the UPS man cut the tape on the box. The damage, luckily was only to the outside of the box and the books were fine. (Phew) But there went my wonderful unveiling.

Ah well. If everything always went according to plan there wouldn't be any story to tell.

Countdown (though what exactly I'm counting down to since the book is available and people have already started receiving it I'm not sure): 15 days.
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  1. Yahoo, Chris! Your books look gorgeous! Glad that coconut oil didn't ruin the books. Thanks for sharing your picture!

  2. Thanks Liz and Kim! You were both so integral in this book ever seeing the light of day! Thanks to you both!

  3. I'm so excited to be reading a book by someone I actually know. Excellent job! Middle Sister gets to read it next :)

  4. Barb, to the best of my knowledge you're my first non-critique group reader!

  5. So glad the copies weren't damaged! Love seeing the pics and reading of the excitment of the moment.

  6. WOW!!!!!! SO SO SO SO SO COOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!

    And hey, even though the pics didn't turn out the way you envisioned, at least you've got a greta story to tell now!

  7. Thanks Jim and Beth. Yes - I was worried that the copies would be damaged, so I was very relieved that everything was okay.

  8. Woohoo!!! Congrats on your first book!! :) :) :)

  9. Thanks, Tabitha. This is very exciting. And kind of surreal.

  10. So did he buy a book?????

    Congrats, Chris! How awesome!

  11. The UPS guy? No - he got out of there once he figured he hadn't harmed the merchandise in any way. Adrian was laughing at how the guy parked up the street and was probably hoping we'd never notice him so he wouldn't have to explain.

  12. Woohoo! Congrats, Christine! (Blogged about you today and your fab review at the CR blog!)

  13. Thanks, Blaize! I appreciate you blogging about this over at the CR blog too!