Loveys, we spent yesterday shopping for cars and Halloween costumes. And before that, my day began with me slipping and falling down the stairs at our house. Very unfortunate and I’m feeling it all over today. So this morning, it’s a two-cup-of-coffee, blog, and talk-about-book-stuff kind of morning (and take ibuprofen).
Speaking of Halloween costumes–we are smack-dab into October, and we’ve ALREADY had snow in Colorado. I’m not ready and I’m pretending it didn’t happen. I want fall to last as long as possible. And as for fall, my sister Sara and I got to celebrate the start of autumn by taking a quick trip to Lynchburg, VA, to do a book signing at our alma mater, Liberty University. Which was all kinds of fun and exciting. It was College for a Weekend so the campus was even busier than usual. We spent Friday at the Barnes and Noble on campus for the signing, then had a table at the Saturday football game as well.
And for a writer, there’s pretty much nothing more fun than talking about books with people. I’m so, so grateful for every person who stopped by. It was something I’ll never forget. The fact that we were back at Liberty made it all the more special. The people there are awesome, and it feels like home.
There’s something exhilarating and terrifying about putting a book out there, loveys. On one hand, you pour your heart and soul into a story and want to share it. On the other, of course it won’t be for everyone and that’s entirely OK. But the support of those who do connect with the characters and feel moved by the story means so much.
I loved every part of working on The Last Summer. Locking myself away in my office, writing to the sound of country music. Stopping and rereading and rewriting until the scenes came together the way I wanted them to. And then, going over edits and comments and direction from my editors Marisa and Meghan. I loved their insight and sometimes hilarious comments and encouragement. Writers need help, lovey. Editors are so important. Post edits, seeing the typeset version of the book is so exciting (that’s when the interior design is finished and it starts looking like a real book!). Then the cover reveal and the realization that you’re getting close. And when the final proofs come, you painstakingly go over every line because this is your last time before press. And there’s nothing like the feeling of opening that first box of printed books. Because it’s passion and effort brought to life.
That’s why–when you add all that in–you understand how special it is to see people take your book in their hands and ask you about it. And when old friends and new hand you their copy to sign–those are moments you tuck in your heart and keep forever. And then . . . you start all over again with the next book.
So thank you to everyone who’s read The Last Summer. Thank you for reviews and text messages and encouragement. Thank you for sharing copies with friends. And a special thank you to my dad, for always being my champion and for helping so much with the book signing. All my love.
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