I just got my hard cover, jacketed copy of SCARS in the mail! Not the uncorrected ARC, but the real thing!! And I love it! I couldn’t let it go for the longest time; I just kept holding it. Here it is, something that took me ten years to get published, a book I care about so deeply. Here it is, in a form I can hold and see and show other people.
It feels so good. And–I’m admitting it, here–I actually smelled the book! (laughing) I love the smell of books, but my own book? It just felt like…wow. It smelled SO good. Wow, what a beautiful moment.
I can’t wait to show it to people I care about! I’ll probably be carrying this copy around, now, too. (laughing) Or–instead of the ARC. So I can show people the real thing. With no post-it notes sticking out every which way, tagging things to change.
And now…SCARS goes out into the world. I am so hoping that it will touch people, move people. That it will bring some more compassion or understanding where there wasn’t any about self-harm, and that it will bring validation for others.
And, hey–if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the book trailer for SCARS. And don’t forget to enter the contest!