Friday, November 16, 2012

The biggest typo

I got a little picture in my email today from my editor. She snapped a photo she thought I might want to see.

My book is hot off the presses, ready for advanced readers and reviews. I sat at my computer and looked at those hardcover books and I was happy, of course, but my main emotion was something bigger and deeper than happy.
It was gratitude.
I thought of all the friends and people who cheered me on. I thought of the complete strangers who read and reviewed it and contacted me. I especially thought of every test reader who agreed to inspect my first stab at a novel, the good, the bad and the ugly, and give me honest criticism and just as important, honest praise.
You are the ones who built a little fire of determination under me that kept my candle burning late into the nights. You are the ones who made me want to improve and try again. You are the ones who filled that box with hardcovers.
And then someone printed my name on it. That feels like a typo to me. I want you to know that I don't see my name on the front. I see all of our names. And I hope this feels like a joint accomplishment to you, too, because it certainly does to me. If you ever gave me one ounce of support (and you know who you are, and I know who you are) then I hope if you ever see this book on a shelf you stop and touch the cover and think, "I helped write that."
In this month of giving thanks, I am.
Thank you.


  1. Thrilled for you...and I met you through your book :) I don't know how many people I've told, "you've got to read this." I have a shelf for books that I re-read every year or so, and yours is on it. Many blessings on your next one!

    1. Thank you, April! That means so much to me. I am hard at work on #2 and #3 and pushing myself to earn your loyalty again. I appreciate it more than I can say.

  2. What a wonderful sentiment!

    But your book is fabulous. Just sayin'.

  3. How exciting for you Regina. I bet you can't wait to hold one yourself! My heart is filled with so much happiness for you I think it might burst! Kudos!

  4. Congrats, I can't wait to read it. Just as your blogs and first book was awesome. I know this one will be also.

  5. This is so exciting, Regina. Congrats to you and to all your hard work!

  6. Love the cover - SO much better! Not than the one with Audree, the one with the shorty shorts.

    Congrats sister, you deserve it.

    luvs, aby

  7. Loved the book. One of my favorites of the year. so happy for you. So proud of your accomplishments. Your talent deserved to be rewarded in this WONDERFUL WONDERFUL way.

  8. Congratulations! Yours was the first book I read this year, and all these months (and books) later, still one I remember the most. I'm so glad you took that leap, and put it out there for us.

  9. How exciting!I can't wait to actually own a hard copy of your book! I loved it so very much! Probably one of the best books I have read in a long time!

  10. HUGE Congratulations to you and Little Wings! I'm SO excited to hear you're working on more books for us :) can't wait!

    Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!
    ~Lynne Clark

  11. So exciting! Can't wait to get a copy of it in my hands. Congratulations, Regina!

  12. Way to go Regina! The world is a better place because of your zest and perspective towards life!