Toasts, snacks, and bookmarks bearing the cover art of our title--the publishing of Dear Journal, You're Freaking Me Out is official.
Though I wrote a chapter, participated in numerous author meetings, and
edited and helped shoot the trailer video for the book (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET79JP7lpbE), the whole
publishing part has been a bit unreal to me. While it is not a book in
my hand, it is most certainly a book I bought from Amazon's e-book
selection (http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Journal-Youre-Freaking-Out-ebook/dp/B00VS07YD2). It lives on my phone, and hopefully, soon, on many other
people's phones and iPads and Kindles. It is real. And I was (and am)
part of it.
As I mingled at the publishing party tonight,
I found myself talking primarily to my co-authors, most of whom would
happily go through such a process again. It was challenging--bringing
together the needs and interests of twenty writers, creating a coherent
entity from so many different viewpoints and styles, carving out time in already
busy lives. Yet, in the end, we are staring at a book we wrote. We are
toasting not some other author's publication, but our own. We are taking
what we learned in the process, and moving on to the next steps in our
lives. Perhaps with a little more confidence, a few new skills, and the
perspectives of a room full of co-authors, who, in some ways, will
become our collaborators for life.