Saturday, March 20, 2010

Holding My Novel

My author's copies of Code Blue arrived this afternoon. The books are on their way from the warehouse to the various booksellers, and should be ready for order fulfillment soon.

There's just something special about holding the first copy of your book, realizing that it represents the culmination of a long, long journey. And I couldn't have done it without the help of a lot of people. Thanks to you all.

45 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh, how exciting!! Congratulations!!

Katie Ganshert said...

How incredibly exciting!! I'm doing a little happy dance for you here in Iowa, Richard. Congrats a thousand times over. What an accomplishment!

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

That is really great, isn't it? Be glad it didn't come today. You wouldn't be standing outside in your shirtsleeves right now.

Pamela Meyers said...

Can't wait to get my preordered copy from Amazon! Congrats Richard!

James Scott Bell said...

Well deserved, Doc, after your patience, hard work and perseverance. Onward!

Therese Walsh said...

Congratulations, Richard!

christa said...

Bravo!!! Can't wait for the read. Congrats.

Jody Hedlund said...

Way to go! How exciting!!

Carol J. Garvin said...

That has to be a wonderful feeling! Congratulations to you for persevering. Now enjoy the fruits of your labours while we enjoy the book!

katy McKenna said...

So thrilled for you, Richard! Can't wait to read your debut novel. No matter how great it feels to wake up on a Wednesday and realize it's perfect weather for golf, this has GOT to feel better.... :)

Katherine Hyde said...

Congratulations, Richard! What a great feeling! I look forward to seeing you and your book at Mt. Hermon!

Lisa Jordan said...

Congrats, Richard! I look forward to reading your book!

Ronie Kendig said...

Yayay!! CONGRATS, Doc! Isn't it awesome to hold the "real deal" in your hands for the first time. I did mine just a week ago, so the memory is still very fresh!!

Carol Bruce Collett said...

Congrats! Enjoy the moment!

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations, Richard! Enjoy the thrill.

Richard Mabry said...

My sincere thanks to all of you who've left congratulatory comments. I especially appreciate those of you who've followed my Random Jottings for a while. I've sensed your support as I trudged along this road. To the writers among you, I can only hope that, if you haven't yet held your first book in your hand, you'll be there very soon.

And I guess it's telling that I just edited this comment to remove redundant words and correct a passive verb usage! It affects us, doesn't it?

Blessings, all.

BJ said...

A tip of the hat, Richard. Congratulations!

May it fly off the shelves!

Martha W. Rogers said...

Oh, how I can relate. It's only been a few months since I held mine. Nothing quite like it. I'm looking forward to reading it. Congratulations and I hope it's the first of many.

Long, hard work does pay off. :)

Megan DiMaria said...

How wonderful, Richard. Congratulations and enjoy!

Deborah Raney said...

That's a photo-worthy moment if ever there was one! Congratulations!!

Ane Mulligan said...

Congratulations, Doc!!! What a great day!

Margo Carmichael said...

That's so great! Congratulations!

lynnrush said...

Fantastic!

BK said...

Very cool! I rejoice with you!

Debra Ullrick said...

Congratulations! You're right, there's nothing like holding that first copy in your hands. Or the second, third, fourth. The excitement never diminishes.

I'm looking forward to reading, Code Blue.

Debra Ullrick, author of The Bride Wore Coveralls.

Trish Perry said...

Yay, Richard! And this is just the first of three, right? Many blessings with this project.

Looking forward to posting your interview next month!

lisa grace books said...

Congratulations! Your picture made me smile, I'm so happy for you. Lisa Grace

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congratulations! I put it on my Wish List. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Crystal Laine Miller said...

My hearty congrats to you, Dr. Richard! I'm so pleased for you. I look forward to reading it.

So glad that this day came!

Lori Benton said...

Your photo makes me smile. You are shining with joy. I'm very happy for you, Richard. Congratulations, and blessings to you!

Carrie Padgett said...

Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you! You're a great writer and an all around special human being. I'm blessed to know you and be able to share this with you.

D'Ann Mateer said...

So, so fun! I'm so happy for you!

Jill Nutter said...

Richard, that's wonderful. I love that smile on your face. I'm also looking forward to reading this novel. Have fun and enjoy this special time.

Carrie Turansky said...

So fun to see this photo of you holding your book! Congratulations!!
Carrie

MJR said...

Congratulations!! what a special feeling--to hold one's own published book! Enjoy..

themotherlode said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone!

From a fellow writer,
Theresa

Jennifer AlLee said...

Awesome, Richard! I love that grin :+}

Rick Boyne said...

Congratulations! May God bless you as He gets all the glory!

Jennifer AlLee said...

Awesome, Richard! I love that grin :+}

Carrie Turansky said...

So fun to see this photo of you holding your book! Congratulations!!
Carrie

Jody Hedlund said...

Way to go! How exciting!!

Katie Ganshert said...

How incredibly exciting!! I'm doing a little happy dance for you here in Iowa, Richard. Congrats a thousand times over. What an accomplishment!

lisa grace books said...

Congratulations! Your picture made me smile, I'm so happy for you. Lisa Grace

BK said...

Very cool! I rejoice with you!

Richard Mabry said...

My sincere thanks to all of you who've left congratulatory comments. I especially appreciate those of you who've followed my Random Jottings for a while. I've sensed your support as I trudged along this road. To the writers among you, I can only hope that, if you haven't yet held your first book in your hand, you'll be there very soon.

And I guess it's telling that I just edited this comment to remove redundant words and correct a passive verb usage! It affects us, doesn't it?

Blessings, all.