The Birth of a BookPosted: June 15, 2009
I told my co-editors yesterday that I feel as though I am eleven months pregnant, and I am so ready to deliver this baby!
To the right is the fetus, uh, manuscript, Gathering: Writers of Williamson County — the final pdf for approval. I requested 4 final tweaks today, and they were applied. To the left is the release form I signed this morning with my late husband’s orange UT pen. I wrote my name in fancy script on the line above CWW President. Then I faxed it to the publisher and walked back to my desk coolly, but what I really wanted to do was rip my clothes off and yell “Hallelujah!”
Now the manuscript is off to Lightning Source to be printed and bound. In 3 weeks, we will have a book in hand…or 500 books or maybe 1,000. Haven’t had time to question that yet. We quickly move to the next phase of book publishing — marketing and publicity. And sales!
But now, for me, to quote a famous American: “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I am free at last.”
The book is finished.
I have my life back.