Last night a friend told me I had to 'step into' my author role. "Just visualize it and step right into it!" she said with enthusiasm. (I have wonderful friends. They are so supportive.)
Sigh. It sounds so simple, but quite frankly, the whole author thing is still too stiff and new. So, here, in public, I am going to try to stretch it out a bit. You know...soften the leather. Work it, baby, work it.
I'm an author. Yes, it's true.
Anyone who read my Three Pounds, Seven Ounces column knows I delivered my first manuscript to my publisher in January. Since then, I've worked through photo permissions, substantive, style and copy edits and proofreading. But, all that is behind me now. 'The Book' will be delivered to me - in my hand - in mid-September.
Here are the specs:
Title: Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka
Trade Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (Sep 24 2010)
List price: $19.95
I'm an author. Amazon.ca says so.
And now, in spite of my concerns about social media, I have an author Facebook site (want to join?). I'm redesigning my website.
Part of me thinks...it's just a label. What does it matter? I'm still just me. No different.
But I am different. Writing this book changed me...but more about that later...
For now...I'm an author.
And September is Celebration Month. Besides having my first book published, I'll be turning 50 and will celebrate my 22nd wedding anniversary. And our three-month-old grandson will be coming for his first visit out east. Shake me.
It's a hard thing to wrap my head around. On the surface, nothing has changed. Yet inside, nothing is the same. Just like the emotional upheaval of becoming a grandmother. You just gotta live and love the moment right?
I'm an author. Stretch.