Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Huh. I Guess It's Real After All.

Back on April 6, I teased that I expected to soon have "something fun to blog about." Good things always take longer than you hope . . .

Hey look! I wrote a book!

This special copy was handbound by the printer, sent to my publisher Abrams, and then flown directly to me. Literally one of the first off the press. I'll get more copies later, but right now this is the only specimen roaming free in the wild.

Holding it in my hands is weird. Indescribably thrilling, but weird. For a couple of years I've seen it as India ink on sheets of paper, pixels on my monitor, streaky inkjet printouts clipped into a three-ring binder, uncut proof sheets. All working toward this . . . this thing it was meant to be but which now seems strangely unfamiliar.

I need to get used to this new look. It's somehow thicker than I expected. More substantial. It feels like a real 208-page book.

Man. What a rush!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!
Looking forward to holding my own copy in my own hands. (Amazon pre-order)
Allison

Sherwood Harrington said...

I didn't think it had a centerfold, but it sure looks like you're ogling one.

Congratulations, Brian! I can only imagine what it feels like to finally hold it in your hands, but you've helped the imagining. In many ways.

ronnie said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooohhhhhhh, shiny!

Mike said...

Enjoy the moment.

And then, some time from today, let us know how it's different than the last time. Because I'm sure it is, but I have no idea how.

And what happened to that kid laying on his bed, contemplating the dust motes? Is that him holding the book?

MK Czerwiec, RN said...

Congratulations! How exciting!!

CKrantzArt said...

Congratulations, Brian! I bet that feels so wonderful to have your book in your hands. Enjoy the feeling! I can't wait to read your book!

Sandra said...

Congratulations, Brian! The cover looks awesome!

sligo said...

your own tingles about the book gave my tingles tingles.

i've never used the word tingles three times in one sentence.

i am so happy for you, man.

R said...

Oh! I want to see it! I guess I'll get a chance to this weekend! Yay!

Brian Fies said...

Thanks very much, friends (and one family member)! Excitement lingers a day later. I actually sat down and read it cover-to-cover yesterday, and still haven't found anything dreadfully wrong--which can only mean when I eventually do find it, it'll be a whopper!

Mike P., it is a different feeling than the last time, in sort of the same way that WHTTWOT is different than Mom's Cancer. Not sure I have the navel-gazedness to analyze it beyond that. But it's all good!

Anonymous said...

Woot-Woot, Congrats!
I am not sure YOU will be in next years "100 Most Influential People" but I have HIGH HOPES for you!!! ; D
Nurse Sis

Mikey said...

I'm half-way through reading this right now ( I work for a newspaper so we get them early) and I LOVE it.

Apart from the content, which is terrific, the attention paid to the jacket, paper stock and overall production values make this a book that everyone on Earth should own.

Brian Fies said...

Mikey, thanks very much for commenting. Yours is the first review I've gotten from someone who doesn't know me or have any reason to be nice to me. That's something of a milestone, I think--even better because it's so positive. Much appreciated, made my day.