Forty days from today, a book I wrote, a book that bears my name will hit the shelves of bookstores across the country. For a debut author, these last weeks before the launch date are filled with the surreal and the sublime. In the surreal category, thanks to a Google alert this morning, I found out I already have a fan in Australia. She won an IOU copy of "Line of Scrimmage" on the Romance Bandits Blog and wrote about how thrilled she was to have won that particular book, how she had checked out the except on my website, and can't wait to settle in with her copy. A fan in Australia! Surreal.
Fellow Sourcebooks debut author Loucinda McGary and I recently had a chat about how crazy it is to imagine people we don't know reading our books. Up until now, no one has read our stuff unless we chose to give it to them. Now comes the phase where we have to accept that hopefully most of those unknown readers will love our books, and those who don't, well, we hope they stay off Amazon.com. :-)
In the sublime category have been moments over the last year that I dreamed about during the long road to get here—the author photo, the galley proofs, the cover with my name on it, deciding the dedication. "Line of Scrimmage" is dedicated to my parents, who always said I should and to my husband and kids who stood by me while I did. Who did you dedicate your books to and why? If you're still working toward publication, who will you dedicate your book to when your day comes?