My first book, When Dashing Met Danger, was published in 2005. That day was everything I thought it would be. My then-boyfriend (now husband) took me to dinner, brought me flowers, and accompanied me to the bookstore to see it on the shelves. My friends and family called and emailed to congratulate me, and I basically spent the day basking in the glow of my accomplishment.
My thirteenth book, If You Give a Rake a Ruby, released this month, and the experience was a little different. My husband did take me to dinner, but my three-year-old daughter came along and whined throughout the meal because we didn’t go to Souper Salad, which is her favorite restaurant. I didn’t get any congratulatory phone calls from friends or family, although plenty of readers on Twitter and Facebook sent me “happy book birthday” messages. We didn’t have Twitter and Facebook back in 2005, but even if we had, I don’t think anyone but my mom and my BFF would have friended me!
Oh, and the biggest difference between my first release and number thirteen is that I did not do any basking. I did laundry, dishes, cooked, took my daughter to Transportation Day at her pre-school, and convinced her to watch “Dinosaur Train” for an hour so I could work on the book due April 1.
I guess every author reaches this point in their career—the point where everyone just expects you to have a new book out. It’s still exciting and novel to me, but to friends and family, it’s a job. And maybe that’s the real thing to celebrate. Because back when I celebrated the release of my first book, I wasn’t celebrating the debut of one book, but the debut of what I hoped would be a career.
That said, I am excited about If You Give a Rake a Ruby. You can read an excerpt and find out more information here [shanagalen.com]. I’m giving away a copy of the first book in the Jewels of the Ton series, When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Let me know what you celebrated recently or maybe what celebrations you have coming.
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