So: the theme right now is transitions. Sometimes the GBC theme o' the month does not, shall we say, speak to me. So I talk about something else. Often my dog. But I have to say, transitions: it's calling out to me right now. I think because, finally, after a very long time waiting (months waiting, years before that, writing) my book YOU TELL YOUR DOG FIRST will be out soon. In just about two months. So, here, now is the time when I start transitioning from daydreaming about my book...one day...being out in the world to gearing up and getting ready for the FACT that my book is about to be out in the world.
Actually, the book itself is a transition. After five novels, this is my first book that isn't fiction. This book, instead of being all about my imaginary characters, is all about me. It's a strange feeling and even though I spent years writing this book, it's hard to wrap my head around. I've started to think a lot about what it will feel like when readers no longer wonder if something in a scene happened to me, but will rather know that it did. I'm nervous. A lot. But I'm also really excited because I love this book and I worked harder and longer on it than I have on any other book. Fingers crossed.
This, here, right now is always my favorite part of a book. Page proofs are done and galleys are out. No more changes can be made and it's that last, quiet moment before reviews come in. This, here, right now is all about hopefulness and all the great things that can happen to a book. And while it's a lovely time and I'm enjoying the shimmery calm before the storm, I'm also transitioning out of it, thinking of all the things to do for the book and to get the word out about it. Readings! Twitter! Facebook! Giveaways! It's a big change from the much more quiet phase of sitting down day after day and writing.
But I'm up to the task. So let's get started. I have a galley of the new book to give away. To you. If you'd like to win it, please just leave a comment --it can be about anything: your dog, things you tell your dog, your book publicity advice, your thoughts on the cover-- and I'll pick a winner at random on September 4th once I'm back and fully transitioned from the end of summer.
All the best.