Friday, June 11, 2010

Feelin' Real

As you probably already know, I had my author photos taken earlier this week. It was quite surreal to be stomping around the university quad on wet grass in four inch zombie stomper heels, with people looking at me funny while I made my hands into shadow claws and my photographer took pictures of my feet. She took pictures of the rest of me too, but those feet pictures will undoubtedly be my favorite.

Anyway, between that, and my cover... my cover! I cannot wait to show you my cover! It's so creepy cool! Not at all what I imagined but in many ways better. I defy you not to make an oooh! sound when you see it. And yes, I have actually walked past the screen and pretended it was a book and I wanted to buy it. I admit it!

And then there's the website, which is so freaking awesome that I'd like to jump in and live in it. You'll be able to see that soon too.

So anyway, between all these things I have seen but can only taunt you with, this whole publishing thing is starting to feel real. I always imagined it wouldn't until I held an actual ARC in my hands, but I'm finding that all the cells in my body no longer wince simultaneously when I call myself an author in public.

When did it start feeling real for you? Or if it hasn't yet, when do you think you'll know you made it?

16 comments:

Kim Harrington said...

You tease. I cannot WAIT to see your cover!!!!

PS - I did the same thing. I stepped back from the monitor ten feet and pretended it was on a shelf.

Authors=crazy

Claire Dawn said...

The biggest drawback of having you writer bloggy friends is that I spend half my life wishing it were September (Paranormalcy) or December (Anna and the Boy Masterpiece) or 2011 (Bad Taste in Boys). Waaaahhh!!!

Carolyn V. said...

Oh! I want to see the feet picture! (And the website.) I can't wait!

I don't think it's happened for me yet. I've had a couple short stories published, but I would love to havea book. That's when it will happen. =)

Tere Kirkland said...

I'm eagerly awaiting the day I'm in the same position you are. Except for like, my wedding day, the day I hold an ARC of my own in my hand will be the happiest day of my life.

Congratulations, Carrie! Can't wait to see the cover and the site.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

do you have a mohawk too? that woudl be funny :)

Brittany Landgrebe said...

Pictures of feet, you say? Hm...

I am VERY JEALOUS of you. Although I hope, when the time comes, my author photos are done in a bouncy house.

I'm just saying.

Can't wait to scope out the website, author photos, and cover! You are one BIG GIGANTIC TEASE.

That, and the feet pictures, sounds naughty.

Again. JUST SAYING.

Amanda J. said...

Oh you're such a tease! :P

I haven't even finished the book I want to query so it'll be a while for me lol.

Larissa said...

Aw! Yay! I don't know when it'll feel real for me. Probably when I see a cover (oh, please let me see my own cover someday!).

BTW - I am giving away a signed Cynthia Leitich Smith book on my blog, as you requested...

Cate Gardner said...

Ooh, exciting times. Enjoy every moment.

Myrna Foster said...

So, when do we actually get to see them?

Carrie Harris said...

Trust me; I'm as crazy to show all this stuff off as you are to see it. Probably crazier. As soon as I get the okay, you shall see it!

Alissa said...

It still doesn't feel completely real for me, and what's the idea with telling us about all these things we can't see yet?

Marsha Sigman said...

You are a horrible, horrible tease.

I think it will feel real to me when I walk into a major chain bookstore and see my book on the shelf. Then I will fall down weeping and probably be kicked out.

Kiki Hamilton said...

cover! cover! cover!

When do we ever get to see your cover and you can quit bleepin' teasing us about it?????

I think that's when it's going to be real for me too. I can't even imagine it!

But I've seen your pictures (and not of your feet) and they're BEAUTIFUL!

Keri Mikulski said...

Can't wait to see your cover and pics!! :)

Weird little things make me stop and say - this is really going to happen. :)

K. M. Walton said...

Like everyone else, I can't wait to see it all...photos, cover, site.

Although I am nowhere near where you are in the journey I think it'll feel real when I walk into a book store and see my book on the shelf.

I can't wait for that either : )