My uncorrected proof has arrived, in all it's glossy, spiney, booky glory! I know this probably sounds ridiculous, but I can't believe it's a REAL book. Yes, it has errors and clearly isn't perfect, but it's my book...it came out of my head! It's such an amazing feeling. And publication in October is getting nearer and nearer!
I'm not a big selfie taker, but out came my phone, and no make-up or contact lenses, I started posing with my beautiful proof. I was so happy I didn't care, and I figured my proof was gorgeous enough for the both of us!
I sent this photo to my readers, along with a photo of the paragraph thanking them in my acknowledgments. I think they were almost, almost, as excited as me.
I am learning just how important these steps are on the journey towards publication. Little milestones that make you realise you are so nearly there!