It’s your launch day. Well, the book’s launch day. The day you’ve been waiting for, hoping for, working toward, for so long. You are a published author, and anyone who wants to buy your book can buy it. You don’t have to say to friends and family “soon, soon,” and you don’t have to answer the question “But why does it take so long?” for the umpteen-trillionth time.
It’s out. The book’s out. Soon has become today, at last.
And today the book isn’t yours anymore.
Actually, that process — the unbelonging of the book — has been going on for a while. And not because of your agent’s involvement or your editor’s or the copyeditor’s or the cover designer’s. The unbelonging of the book takes place at the hands of another type of people entirely.
(Moment to pause and rejoice, here: YOU HAVE READERS. How cool is that? Never lose sight of that.)
It began months ago, when the first Advance Review Copies went out. [Read more…]