I just got my hard cover copy of SCARS in the mail!

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!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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4 Responses to I just got my hard cover copy of SCARS in the mail!

  1. Julie says:


    Congratulations! I get the whole “smelling the book” thing — I love the smell of books too! And I’d never thought about how cool it is to get to smell your own book!


  2. Thank you, Julie, (hugging you). Yeah–it’s an amazing smell, your own book! (grinning)

  3. The Ms. S says:

    Congratulations!! Well worth the wait, I’m sure. Be very proud!

  4. Thanks, Ms S. (grinning at you) It was SO worth the wait! There is such a feeling of satisfaction, especially after such a long journey to get there.

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