This little beauty:
An actual hardcover from the first printing of EVERNEATH.
And just like any newborn, it has a spine.
I actually got two copies. Sam said we should keep one of them exactly like it is, and not besmirch it with my signature. Thanks, Sam. I would hate to ruin it by writing my name in it.
Here's the truth:
When I opened the package from HarperCollins, I just sat there in my study for about half an hour, staring at the book. I thought about the journey to get to this point, the culmination of factors both in and out of my control, the multitude of people who contributed to this little clump of bound pages.
There's not enough room on the spine to list them all, but there should be! And those names deserve to be there, mostly because I just spelled "should" as "shood" and my book would've been full of "shood"s without a giant team backing me up.
I tried to get all eloquent about the monumental effort that this book symbolizes, but then I realized the book is the perfect size and shape to make it very huggable, and so I shall forget the big words and sentiments, and I'll just hug it for a little while.
While I'm at it, let me just say a big thank you to all y'all who have been reading this blog, and taking this journey with me. I love everybody today.
Ahhhhhhhhh! Brodi! I am SO excited for you! *tosses buckets of confetti and tiny sparkly stars*ReplyDelete
You hug that book for a good long while. :)
SQUEEEEEEEE!!!! Look at that GORGEOUS BOOK! *fans self*ReplyDelete
Sparkly, cant wait to read it!ReplyDelete
Congratulations Brodi! What a wonderful feeling!ReplyDelete
YAY!!! It's gorgeous! What a great way to end the year :DReplyDelete
Congrats!!!!!! The cover is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Also, thanks for the reminder that other writers also need giant teams backing them up to help their work not suck / be full of errors.
Logically, I always know it, but when I'm working on a book, especially when it's not going well, it's easy to look at other people's completed books and go, "Man, bet THEY'D be smarter than this..."
That's so exciting - congratulations!ReplyDelete
Congrats! It's beautiful on the inside and out!!!ReplyDelete
Congrats. Just keep hugging it while.ReplyDelete
That was supposed to be "awhile". Guess I need a team of specialists just for blog comments.ReplyDelete
It's beautiful!! Give it hugs for me :DReplyDelete
It is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Ohhhh goodness. Oh my gosh.ReplyDelete
I would have sat with it for a full hour and WEPT. I admire your restraint.
So so many congratulations. I could not be more excited for you!
It looks beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyDelete
Oooo . . . it's party time!ReplyDelete
Brodi, I can't even imagine what it must be like to hold something you created (especially now that I know just how much is involved in this writing thing). Well, besides my babies. They didn't even take as long to bake as my books have.
Congratulations. You totally deserve this because your book is awesome.
I decided against my earlier advice of not signing it. I signed it with my name.ReplyDelete
I am so proud of you Bro. You totally rock. I could stare at that book for hours too.
You have given birth to something beautiful. It has taken some time, but it has come into the world all pretty and beautiful, the spine and hardcover in tact just as you'd dreamed.ReplyDelete
Three cheers to seeing your dream come true...and hugging it.
It is a beautiful book. I would hug it too if I had a copy...ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Brodi! That's so exciting! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to buy my own copy in less than a month and I will have you besmirch it with your signature. :)ReplyDelete
So excited for you!!!ReplyDelete
It's soo pretty!!! I can't wait to buy mine and I want your name written in it! super excited for your release party!ReplyDelete
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It's BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy every moment petting/staring at that beautiful cover.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much everyone!ReplyDelete
Congrats Brodi! It's so beautiful!ReplyDelete
wow! two hip hip hoorays in one week! thrilled for you....it's the prettiest book EVER!ReplyDelete
Hooray!!! I'm so excited to read it, congratulations brodi!!! I fully expect you to deface/grace the inside of my cover with a signature :)ReplyDelete
That has to be a really great feeling to get your totally real, it totally happened, you did it, copy! Congrats. I really enjoyed the ARC I received of your book - congrats, congrats, congrats!ReplyDelete
- Jessica @ Book Sake
Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I can't wait to get my copy and for you & everyone else to read my review! Only a few more weeks now!ReplyDelete
Awesome. That must be an amazing feeling. I have to say your book has the prettiest cover I have ever seen. I want to own it just so I can look at it and drool a little bit.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, gorgeous! What an amazing feeling that must have been , unwrapping that parcel...ReplyDelete
I usually get all my books on my nook now, but there are a few special books that I actually want to hold. I think this is one of them! I'm so proud of you & excited for you :) I'm glad to hear it's huggable size.ReplyDelete
Hey Brodi! I haven't been keeping up with your blog, but I am glad that I read about your book on Twitter tonight! This is such awesome news! I'm so happy for you!!! Congratulations! Hard work (and talent) has paid off! Can't wait to read it!ReplyDelete
I can only imagine what that would feel like, way to go!!!! So happy for you!!ReplyDelete
Just plain AWESOME. "I thought about the journey to get to this point, the culmination of factors both in and out of my control, the multitude of people who contributed to this little clump of bound pages. " You are truly amazing and I have loved watching your journey come to fruition. So happy for all the great support you have! Love ya Brod!ReplyDelete