Today my book arrived in a nondescript, yellow manila envelope. Dale kindly let me have a moment alone as I tore it open.
My heart raced as I reached inside and felt the reality. Three years of work, all those ideas and frustrations and re-makings were made real as I felt the smooth dust jacket and pulled it out.
It felt like it was Christmas, Easter, my birthday and a new baby all rolled into one. It is 3/4 of an inch thick and covered in sparkles.
I took time to read the front and back (whew! no errors) I opened it to see my picture on the inside flap. I slowly turned the introductory pages to read my dedication page and first few paragraphs. Then I flipped to the middle to experience the layout.
It is a day to remember. Tonight I'm going to curl up with my book, to see how it feels to read it in hardcover. Oh the joys of word made reality!