|Advance/Proof copy edits|
As an introvert I prefer a bit of quiet routine. Therefore each step forward has felt foreign, even uncomfortable. It just keeps coming, so I've been forced by happenstance to stop internalizing these steps as 'weird' and instead label them, 'new and fortunate.'
Here are a series of events that have transpired quickly and nearly simultaneously:
1) I completed the final edits to the proof copy of GFN. Now, it really is mostly in the hands of talented publishing fairies.
This mustachioed god you see before you is not Magnum P.I. It is instead part of a failed pitch I made to my publisher. It made me laugh so I shared it.
Printing an extra item to insert into proof copies going to bookstore managers can grab their attention. I was inspired by a scene in which the protagonist, Flip, gets a shave and haircut, I suggested an excerpt along with a series of facial hair stickers. The bookstore employees could then deface my image in the About the Author section. Who doesn't like to put mustaches on people? It was rejected due to printing costs.
6) Numerous people, inside and outside the publishing industry, have read the proof/advance copy of GFN have started sending me feedback. It is gratifying, overwhelming, and truly humbling to try and process all the kind words and support.