Thursday, November 15, 2012

ARCs!


They're here! And they are so pretty and this is so weird but also cool and there's nothing that can really describe what this feels like except for run on sentences.


This is my view as I'm writing this, a stack of my own books. A stack of this story that took two years to write and rewrite and 18 months post-sale to land in my hands. By the time TRANSPARENT debuts, it will be four years in the making—half the time I've been married.

Okay, I hadn't cried yet, but that just made me tear up a little.

This story—and trying to get published in general—has been so much of my life. When it debuts, it will have been a total of seven years since I sent my first query, eight years since I started writing seriously and not just as a hobby. So essentially, this book is the summation of just shy of a decade of my life.

It is the beginning of something new. I'm turning 30 next year. I'll be an officially published author. And I will have new, uncertain waters to tread and many, many more things to learn.

I feel so lucky right now and so grateful. And to all of you who have stuck with me through all of this, thank you. You all deserve medals.

P.S. I'm gathering a list of people interested in receiving an ARC for my publisher to review. So if you'd like to be considered, please fill out this simple form.


35 comments:

  1. They are GORGEOUS!! Love seeing a whole big stack of them. Am so excited to read it.

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  2. Aww, now *I'm* getting teary too... So happy for you, Natalie. :)

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  3. Congratulations, Natalie, that is awesome!

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  4. Oh, wow! They look so pretty! Congratulations, Natalie!!

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  5. Congrats!! That is so awesome!! And I filled out a form so I will be keeping my fingers crossed for an ARC!

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  6. They look stunning! I just heard about your book this past week and I can't wait for it! Sounds awesome!

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  7. I recently experienced the same moment and understand how awesome it is. Congrats and enjoy!

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  8. How wonderful! Congratulations and enjoy the thrill of completion!

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  9. EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! I'm so happy for you!

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  10. Gorgeous! What an exciting day.

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  11. WOO HOO! Pretty, pretty books with your name on them. I've not gotten to that point, yet, but I can imagine the thrill of holding those in your hands.

    Congrats! They look amazing.

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  12. So, so pretty! This is so exciting! A huge congrats to you.

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  13. Woooooweeee :D how pretty & neat & cool those books are, and i must say it again "the cover is SO Natalie";)
    So happy for you, it was one hard ride but you made it to the next level, enjoy:)

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  14. I loved this post, Natalie. It says so much about your determination and what it really means to chase a dream. That sounds so cheesy but I guess I just want to tell you that it's a beautiful thing to see, you know.

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  15. Ah! That's so amazing, Natalie. (I think I'd be tearing up too, if I wasn't eating chocolate.) Super congrats on having a real life version of your baby.

    ~Riv Re
    Riv Reads

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  16. Aww! Reading that made me all misty eyed. Congrats. Such an exciting moment.

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  17. What a rewarding moment! You finally made it! Maybe one day that will be me. I just seriously started writing this fall and it looks like I could have a long road ahead of me. I may decide to do the self-publishing thing, who knows. Also, I love that you have a copy of the Ensign peeking out from behind that stack of books. Is it just me or does it seem like the YA market is exploding with new LDS authors? I swear every other book I've picked up recently has been written by an LDS author.

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  18. So cool to see that box! You must be over the moon, Natalie. So happy for you.

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  19. I can't imagine how that must feel! Congratulations!

    Maybe I'm an idiot, but I can't figure out what the "6/13" means on the spine. Can someone fill me in?

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    1. It means June 2013, though my date is actually end of May:)

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  20. You deserve this. I feel like you are my best online friend. You are always so encouraging, even during your own struggles. I always appreciate your honesty and can't wait to read your book.

    Thanks again for being so open about this process and always willing to give of yourself. I can't think of anyone who deserves this more than you!

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  21. I am very very happy for you, and may I say, that it seems like the effusion of a Real Writer that the top of the top excitement would be expressed by run-on sentences! Go You!

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  22. Your cover's gorgeous! I'm so excited for you. Happy dance!!!! :-D

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  23. Congratulations-- it must be so exciting to have come this far!

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  24. *grabby hands* they're just so pretty!

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  25. There is something SO GORGEOUS in those perfect stacks.:) LOVE!!!

    Congratulations Natalie! I am over-the-moon happy for you!
    Hugs
    L

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  26. Congratulations! So excited for you! I'd love to read and review this on my blog! :)

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  27. So awesome Natalie. I'm filling out the form!

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  28. I've been lurking for several months, and I just wanted to come out and say congratulations on your ARCs! They're so pretty! Can't wait to read the book! --Christi

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  29. I'm so happy for you!! This was one of the first blogs I've ever followed years ago and now that you're getting published and all I'm getting a little teary-eyed myself. CONGRATS Natalie!!!

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  30. I'm late to the party due to Thanksgiving travel and hub-bub, but am just as excited and happy for you!! SO WONDERFUL!!! You SO deserve this moment!! Seeing all your books in front of you must be the most amazing feeling. HOORAY!!! Huge congratulations!!!

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  31. The cover's stunning! I love it! I look forward to reading your book! :)

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