The ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of THE HUMMINGBIRDS have arrived! My publisher is sending them out to bookstores, reviewers, magazines, and papers across the country, and I got a few to hand out myself.
It's has been a pretty exciting experience to finally hold a physical copy of the book in my hand. There's the thrill of it being there, which is enough in itself, but also the anticipation of this being read by folks whose job is to praise, critique, and ignore novels--as well as bookstore owners who will decide whether it's worth stocking, or even hand-selling. Then, looming, there's that sense of how I should respond to an event, or how I thought I would feel about an event.
It's dizzying privilege to negotiate. My wife asked me as we sat down for tea after putting the kids to bed, "So how to you feel?" I asked her how she felt after her first day working in the hospital as a nurse, and she said, overwhelmed. That! That is how I feel. It's the first day of a new job. The emotions feel bright and only skin deep. But here's hoping that they sink into a deeper pleasure in the days and years to come.
In the meantime, doesn't the cover look cool?!