Yesterday a box came. A large, heavy box. Full of books! My books! EEEEE!
I opened the box and it was a glorious shining moment. Everyone oooed and aaahed. We basked in the moment together.
Ok…it wasn’t quite like that. The box arrived while I was at work (Yep. I still work full-time. Having a children’s book published is not the way I pictured it as a child–where you write a book and become rich and famous instantly. In reality, my income is pretty much unchanged!) My husband was off for the day and like a child on Christmas, he couldn’t wait and he opened the box. I’ll admit I wasn’t very happy about that. But I forgave him quickly.
I also got several messages throughout the day about people receiving their preorders. So by the time I got home from work, I was basically the last person in the world who got to see it, or at least, that’s how I was feeling at that point. But upon seeing the book at last, the frustration I felt at being the last to see it melted away and turned into excitement.
The book is beautiful. Even better than I imagined. The high-quality printing process shows off the detail I put into my artwork wonderfully. When I had my book printed at a print-on-demand press before I had submitted it for publishing, I couldn’t see a lot of the detail and I assumed that was just a natural consequence of going from digital to print. Now I know that when you use a better printing process, you can get better results! I’m so happy to know all the time and effort I put into the illustrations didn’t go to waste.
If you want a copy of the book before April, there is still time to pre-order! I think it’s a very pretty book…though I may be a teensy bit biased.