Yesterday, I sent the second issue of my novel-related newsletter, Literary Lyrics to the masses. In it, I asked readers for a family reunion recipe and some lines about a favorite pet. In Rain Song,
pets are important and the book is based on preparing for a family reunion.
Less than two months until pub date. The excitement, the anticipation, the thrill, the worry---don't let any author kid you---all of those components are there. I reread Anne Lamott's chapter on publication in her lovely and funny book, Bird by Bird. For the first time, I understood how she felt as her pub date approached. It takes a lot of courage to let the world see what you have to offer.
Meanwhile, I continue to find reviews posted on the Internet and wait for my publisher to create a wonderfully beautiful press release for sending. It's like Christmas, only I have no idea which day this month or next it will be available.