Quentin Bell said, “A book is so much a part of oneself that in delivering it to the public one feels as if one were pushing one’s own child out into the traffic.”
There is some anxiety in waiting to see reader reaction, but mostly sending a new book out into the world is a joyous thing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve published two or twelve, the excitement of knowing that what you’ve created will now be read and, hopefully, enjoyed is an incredible feeling. It makes all those solitary hours in front of the computer screen even more worthwhile.
THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT is now on shelves both physical and digital, and I’m thrilled at its initial reception. Plus, today, USAToday’s Happy Ever After blog called Mermaid in You, the song I co-wrote and 10th Concession recorded, “awesome.” Then I learned that the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT one of their twelve Summer 2014 Okra Picks; a wonderful and unexpected honor. (And they put it right at the top of the list!). And also out today, Southern Writers Magazine features a piece about me and my work in their July issue.
Last night, Bookmiser of East Cobb and Roswell, Georgia hosted a launch party and it was a blast. We had Ragamuffin Music Hall packed and all of us loved Ian Koteles’ live performance of Mermaid in You. I’ll be posting pictures soon but first I’m running off to FoxTale Book Shoppe tonight for a first day on sale celebration. Wish everyone could be there. Meanwhile, though, the performance video of Mermaid in You featuring Ian and his brother, Evan, is up and running and ready to be enjoyed.
I hope you’ll check out THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT and that you’ll stay tuned. There are more celebrations to come.