Thursday, June 18, 2009
In Name Only (working title)
This is the lovely mock-up cover that a friend made for me, for the manuscript of my first novel. Of course, when submitting to literary agents, I would never dream of sending out a bound copy, but it's pretty awesome to celebrate the accomplishment of finishing a novel by getting a few copies printed at Lulu.com -- they're cheap, they're a great way to do a final proofread (there was a huge mistake in the first 10 pages that I'd repeatedly missed when reading on standard 8 1/2 x 11" printouts), and it's really nice to be able to hand off something bookshelf-friendly to any close friends or family who supported you in your creative endeavors.
Of course, I have made the reading of these "advance copies" conditional; readers must promise to attend any future book signings/readings so that I'm never standing behind a podium in front of row after row of empty chairs. Yikes.
Plus, note the rave reviews on the back from the New York Times and the New Yorker! Carolyn See is a believer in the power of positive thinking, and so am I.
Recommended reading: Carolyn See's Making a Literary Life