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Writer on the Verge

June 18, 2008 by in category Writer on the Verge tagged as , with 10 and 0
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Baby Steps – by Kate Carlisle

The moment I received The Call last October was one of the best of my life. It represented the culmination of everything I’d worked for so long to achieve. Just one short phone call changed my life in so many ways.

But in so many other ways, everything stayed the same. I went back to the day job, I did the laundry, cleaned the house. Kept writing.

Life rolls on.

But every so often, I take a baby step forward on the road to publication. I have a deadline to meet, or I get an email or a phone call that reminds me all over again – Hey, I’m a published author!

I signed my first contract. My husband took my picture. It was pretty exciting.

I received my first check. They paid me! I made a color copy of the check before I put it in the bank.

I got my cover copy. Brilliant! I wouldn’t change a word. Hey, there’s my name!

Oh, and I met my first deadline. Whew. I’m home free, now!

Spoke too soon. I got my first set of editor notes. Yikes. Now what?

I made that deadline, too. I rock! Sort of. Now I wait to see if my editor is happy.

Sent in the proposal for Book Two. Woo hoo, accepted!

Then I saw my first book listed on Amazon. Wow. No cover image yet, no description, nothing but the name of my book and an ISBN number – and my name. I’m the Author. It’s not much to get excited about, right? But I cried. And laughed. And told my whole family and my friends – who all immediately pre-ordered five copies each and forced their friends to do the same.

I sent in my author photo. Do I really look like that? I should have used more product on my hair. Can you fix those wrinkles?

Then yesterday, on my birthday, I saw my book cover for the first time. My book cover. It was surreal to see someone else’s notion of what image and design will best sell your book. I stared at that cover for hours. It’s absolutely nothing like I imagined or expected it would be. (A good friend admonished me that from now on, I am never to set expectations of what my book cover will look like. Good advice.)

I love my book cover. It’s beautiful. It’s warm and charming and funny and sinister. It’s colorful and perfect for the market. It makes me happy. It makes me feel like a published author. Somebody pinch me.

That was yesterday.

Today, I’m back at the day job. Must remember to stop at the market after work. And I’ve got to call my mom. Pay some bills. Life rolls on.

But now I’ve got a book cover. And an Amazon page. I can’t wait to take the next step!

10 Comments

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Hi, Alyson! Thanks. Gotta get that cover up soon!

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Now I’m dying to see that cover of yours! You really nailed the journey in this post– I could totally relate!

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Hey Jen! Yes, as I sit here at the day job surrounded by documents and piles of filing, every so often I’ll sneak a peek at the cover and sigh. Talk about surreal. LOL

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Hi Georgie — Thanks! I wish I’d posted the cover but I wasn’t sure if it was “okay” to spring it on the world yet. Soon, though. Very soon. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Thanks, Linda! It really is amazing. I’m still in awe of the whole process. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Hi Maureen! Thanks for loving the cover. And ooh, what a good idea – shop early and shop often! LOL

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Kate you really nailed the “surreal” life of an author! I can’t wait to see your new cover. It’s all so exciting.

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Congrats on getting your book cover! I enjoyed reading about your publication story.

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Congratulations, Kate. Seeing that first book cover is such a high! 🙂

    Linda

  • Anonymous
    on June 18, 2008

    Woo Hoo Kate!!! Great blog, btw!

    And you’re right…that cover IS fabulous!!

    I’m so excited. Going to go and order more copies!!

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