Today I got a really welcome, really marvelous package in the mail.
It was my complimentary author copy of Lone Star Trouble, in print. And was it sweet holding the fruit of my labor in my hands? Oh, yeah. It's a lovely cover, and I just got this overwhelming sensation of "mine" and "yes, I really did it!"
So I hauled my butt down to the library to show it off to the local staff, left them a few bookmarks, and generally joined them in the "ooh"ing and "ahh"ing of its loveliness. They were (gratifyingly) almost as excited as I was! And they plan to get a copy in ASAP - either buy directly from me or order it, whichever is faster. Whichever is faster! Isn't that cool?
Next showing-off stop, the school district office, where I had to share with a few of the staff (who were also gratifyingly impressed, and excited about that marvelous image of Cleve's chest). More bookmarks entered circulation. I think it's time to fire up the printer and that neato paper cutter I got for Christmas... Oh, and I've got a few copies sold, as soon as I get them here!
Overall, it was a quit satisfying day. My copy is now standing at attention on the kitchen counter where I can ogle it at will. And dream of visits to the local bookstores and other places I might con into stocking my stuff.
So far, so fun.