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What is THAT?  Is that my dream come true?  Right there in that regular old box?  It IS!!!!!!


I recently received a shipment of my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher.  For the first time, I got to hold my own book in my hands.


I'm not even going to try to tone this down.  Besides the birth of my child, this is the best feeling ever.  Best. Feeling. Ever. Seriously.  Here, look at them again from a different angle:



I sat down to write THAT book in 2004.  For eight years, those words and those characters have been bouncing around in my head.  I toiled and labored over every single stinking word in there. My relationship with Claire Fletcher has (for now) outlasted every relationship I've ever had with a man.  (The hubs hopes to change that of course!  LOL).  I started querying for THAT book in 2006.  For six years I've fought hard to see it published. I've been told no so many times, it's a second language.  I've read it so many times I could practically recite it.  And now here it is!  Those are my words in there.  How ridiculously insanely crazy is that?  It's still so surreal I don't really know what to say about it other than if you're still working toward this--don't stop.  It's totally worth it.  I've been working toward this since I was 11 years old.  I've got 4 crappy young adult novels, one opus of a literary novel and countless other unfinished projects under my bed.  Finally, something I've written will now make it into the hands of readers!


If I can do it, you can do it.


If you need some extra umph, read my What if Something Amazing Happens post!  Which, by the way, has surpassed every other one of my blog posts to be the single most-read blog post I've ever written.  Which is kind of cool.  So in honor of my something amazing actually happening, I am going to give away a signed copy of the paperback to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is comment below and I'll pick a winner using random.org and announce that person on 11/16/12 when the FCF trailer is released!


So comment away and tell me something amazing that happened to you recently--finish a draft?  Blazing through your Nano project?  Put yourself out there into the querying fray for the first time?  Receive positive feedback from someone for something you've written?  Get a request from an agent or a publisher?  Sign any contracts?  Publish anything?  Every step is important!!!!


Oh and finally, here's me and my book.  Can't believe it.  (And my husband thought I was joking when I said I was going to sleep with it!  Tee hee hee)



Keep pulling the rope, everyone!