My amazing agent, Faith Hamlin, wrote something today in response to a bunch of questions that I had sent her.
“You’re doing. Fine. Don’t worry.”
I laughed at the periods–Faith’s signal to me to breathe.
Blood Work releases on March 21–still two months away. But since finished copies arrived at my publisher about 10 days ago, things have started to move incredibly fast.
First came the starred review in Publishers Weekly. A great review in PW can really do a lot to give a book bounce in the publishing community.
Then there was a call-out that offered up comparisons that nearly made my jaw drop to the floor.
And finally, the crazy and fun weekend at Science Online 2011–where my publisher had donated (I’m not kidding!) 300 review copies. One for each of the journalists, editors, and other science communicators who attended.
So Faith is right. Everything is going swimmingly well.
But there is something about the transition between a manuscript to a real live book that can make a person get nutty. And excited. And nervous. Nuts.
I wrote back and said that that this feels a lot like when I sent my daughter to kindergarten. I packed and repacked her lunch bag. But in the end, I just had to let her go to school and eat her own lunch with her own new friends.
After spending years researching and writing this book, it has become something like a child to me. And now just as before with my first-born, I have to trust it over to others as it goes out into the world.