Getting Closer to Book Release Time...Finally!
By Table Talk on March 02, 2011
Remember the scene towards the end of the movie Julie and Julia where Julia Child is sitting in her kitchen holding her cookbook in her hands?
That triumphant scene resonates in my mind; for at that time in my life the idea of holding my own published cookbook in my hands was something I could only dream about. You see, as I sat in that movie theater I had a cookbook idea and manuscript out for pitch to several publishers. There were rejections (and lots of them) that had me wondering if my book would ever be published. With each decline I held back tears (well, most of them), grew thicker skin and held fast to my belief in my project, and that someday, I would hear the words I had imagined in my head so many times “We love your book and would like to offer you a contract for publication”.
I have learned a lot through this very long project, and can tell you that when I saw the Fedex man driving up my street on the day he delivered the first advanced copies of my book, I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. Elated with happiness and joy, I almost jumped up and hugged that Fedex guy when I opened my front door (thankfully I held it together). He had no idea what he was delivering. To him it was just a big box that required my signature for release. But to me, it was a whole lot more than just a package. It was years of time, commitment, and hard work all bound together in one book with my picture on the cover and my words inside.
I sat down with my book and poured through the pages as though they were brand new to my eyes. Up to this point I had only seen PDF versions of my book on the computer screen. My journey had finally come to the moment I had dreamed about. I know now the incredible feeling of holding my own book in my hands and feel excited to finally be able to share it with you.
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