The Books Are Here! The Books Are Here!

On Monday I got a phone call from my sister-in-law that some UPS dude had dropped 11 boxes on her driveway. She barely got the words out before I hit the shower and got my husband and daughter ready to make the two hour drive to her house.

There is no greater feeling for an author than cracking open a box and holding your book in your hand. It was exciting! It was also surreal, and I could not wrap my head around the experience.

This is me seeing my novel in print for the first time.

This is me seeing my novel in print for the first time.

This immediate reaction was followed by an agony of embarrassment when I passed my book to my husband and he flipped to the back cover and his eagle eyes picked out an extra little “d” where one should not have been.

WHY!!!!!!!! ( I screamed, tearing and clutching at my hair.)

I did not expect perfection but I really thought I was going to avoid this type of error, a silly, stupid mistake, on the back cover of five hundred printed copies. UGH!!!! I worked so hard to avoid mistakes.

I immediately began to beat myself up for rushing because I was trying to make my somewhat secret book launch date. When I received my final proof I knew if I rejected it, there was no way I could make this date. However grief was the bigger component. Hours before I received my final proof we lost our 7 year old German Shepard, Jake. I love all my dogs but he was special. He was our gladiator, our protector.

My Protector

My Protector

It wasn’t the day to make the choice to put my book into production. My husband and I scoured the final proof and we both missed the mistake. This wasn’t the only problem. I missed acknowledging my photographer friend Tanya Hardy-Dubeau for my author photo and my font is a little small. Thankfully my chapters are short.

What is done is done. There is no point in continuing to agonize over mistakes. Feel the pain. Learn the lesson. Move on!

I am just a breath away from finalizing the details of my book launch. I am writing up advertisements for the local papers, I am working on getting my “purchase the book button” installed on this site. This is the calm before the storm of marketing and promotion descends. My Ebook is live on every E-reader format, but I am not pushing it yet, because I want to focus on my launch. I am very curious if I can generate any Ebook sales at all, without any promotion. I’ve got a few weeks to see.

April 28th, 2013, from 1-4 p.m. I will be launching my book “Seascape” at the Mallaig Legion Hall. I will be signing books for anyone interested in purchasing a copy, but more than that I just want people to come out and help me celebrate this accomplishment. There will be tons of great snacks and refreshments. I may even be persuaded to do a short reading from the book. With every book purchased comes an entry into a draw to win some great prizes. I have Chapters gift cards, a Kindle, A Kobo, and because my book is a great beach read, some fun, beach themes prizes.

If none of these reasons to stop by appeal to you, I guarantee you’ll get to see a woman who is excited but scared spitless of the next stage in her life!

14 thoughts on “The Books Are Here! The Books Are Here!

  1. Nicole

    So very happy for you! Love you lots. I will be there on the 28th. Let me know what I can do to help!

  2. antoinettesmo123

    Congratulations!whoo hoo that’s wonderful and almost as difficult as giving birth without drugs 😀 although its just as much work just a longer process!

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Pauline C. Gordon

    Congratulation Shannon, I’m also waiting for my book The Adventures of the Droplet Twins. Its being published by Friesenpress in Victoria. I can’t hardly wait to see it in a book. I wish you the best of the best! (sister to Claire Ouellette)

    1. ShannonRaelynn Post author

      Hello Pauline. Thank you so much, please keep in touch and let me know how it all goes for you.

  4. Denis

    The next stage might have you “scared spitless” but I’m looking forward to this adventure! I have to admit, seeing you hold that first book and watching your face was a very unique moment 🙂

  5. Suzanne

    Looking forward to the Release Party! I had a proofing error on a CD once…..bad one, will tell you the story sometime, just so you know you are in good company…..sometimes “stuff” happens…..that’s life. Maybe your book will get picked up by a publishing house eventually, and these “first editions” with error will become the most valuable of all! 🙂

  6. Suzanne

    P.S. Beautiful photo of you with your first copy in hand, LOVE the look on your face! You deserve to be very proud….what a huge accomplishment….and only good things to come for you and “Seascape”!

  7. Tanya

    Enjoy it- mistakes and all! I sound like a mom- but I am so proud of you, inspired by you and love you! Thank you!


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