Saturday, May 28, 2011

Getting the Baby Home

The review copy arrives.
I have seen my name in print before. I have had short stories published in anthologies. I have witnessed musicals I've written come to life on stage by performers. But there is something so exciting about receiving the galley copy of your first novel in the mail. You scan through the book still not believing it is an entire work of yours and you feel as if you are holding your baby. Of course you see the imperfections in the child that neither you nor your editor caught (but they jump out at you in print) and you are glad you get a chance to make those corrections before the final print. You're not thinking in terms of story (which you know too well) - you are busy noticing the design and 'look' of the product. Taking note at how the words appear on the page. Where each chapter begins and ends. Smelling the paper it is printed on. Reading the acknowledgement page and hoping no one feels left out. Looking at your picture on the back (and wondering if readers will think you a cheesy author when they see it). 
But it is yours and words really can't describe the feeling you have. This is the copy that will be sent to reviewers months prior to publication - that they will use to place their own judgement on your work. It will still go through more changes before the final product, but for now you have held a bound copy of the book in your hands and you begin to get a sense of what it means to be a published author.   


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing it bound in living color, Greg!

  2. Thanks, Lori! You know all to well the waiting game.