The "random number generator" tells me that comment number two to the previous post is the winner of Michael Palmer's The Last Surgeon. Candace, if you'll use the link at the top right of this page to email me your snail mail address, I'll see that Michael sends you the book. Congratulations. And thanks to everyone who left a comment.
Now to the subject at hand: nail-biting time. I thought those days were over. I figured that I was through with this kind of nervous waiting when I learned that I'd passed my medical boards. Before that, I'd gone through the cold sweats and pounding pulse that accompanied waiting for test grades in high school, in college, in medical school. But I'm back on adrenaline overload. The reason? Advance copies of my novel, Code Blue, have gone out to reviewers and potential endorsers. Now I'm sweating every comment (and sometimes just the lack of a comment).
It's hard to write a book. I can speak from experience because I wrote three or four (depending on how you count the total revision of my third novel) that were deemed to "show promise" without being good enough for publication. But finally, on the fourth (or fifth) try I produced a novel that will see the light of day in published form.
It's hard to write a book, but I firmly believe that it's even harder to put your work out in front of the public and wait for it to be judged. Now, I've been around the block enough to know that I'll never be universally loved and respected. Some will like it, some will probably hate it, and some will be so lukewarm that they won't even have an opinion. Fair enough. But I can't help wishing that the "likers" will significantly outnumber the "haters."
Now, like a politician after the polls close, I'll watch for the results. I feel like I'm back in school again, waiting for grades to be posted. Stay tuned. I'll share the results as they're available.