The thrill of seeing your name on something you’ve written is something I will never get jaded about and that’s especially true when your name is on a book. When my first one, Watchdogs and Gadflies, came out, Penguin’s office was a couple of blocks from my house. As soon as my editor, Diane Turbide, called to say she had two copies for me, I went into a whirlwind of activity: tidying the house, buying champagne, inviting friends and, of course, picking up the books (which came with a sweet note from Diane). And then I drank champagne with my friends on my back deck.
Although I didn’t celebrate the same way, getting the first copies of my next two books was just as thrilling. But it’s a little different with Drop the Worry Ball because I am so far away and can’t even touch it. Alex sent me this picture when his copy arrived (and later that night, Carmen opened the package while we Skyped and then held it up to the camera so I could see it). Still a thrill, but cracking open a bottle of champagne with Alex would have been sweet. We’ll have to do that when I am home for the launch.