The Proud Mama

My editor at Michigan State University Press, Julie Loehr, called me yesterday and the first thing she asked me was, "Are you the proud mama?" We had a good laugh, but the sad thing is, I am! I know that my book is not a living, breathing being, so it's not quite the same as having my first child, but it certainly works as a metaphor. She had asked me several weeks ago, when I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my books, "Do you feel like you are ten months pregnant?" And she was right on then, too!

I received my shipment of books on Tuesday — oh, what whooping and hollering there was between David and me, when we opened the first box and held the books in our hands! We've had the advanced copy around, but it isn't quite the same as "the real thing." Now if someone wants to buy it, they actually can. It is so exciting!

When David and I were unpacking the books and storing them on the shelf that I had emptied in preparation (much like setting up a crib, while awaiting the arrival of a baby), I looked around at all the books and I said, "Ahh, there is too many of me!" (An apparent drawback of having an image of yourself on the cover of the book.)

Lots of books… all ready to be shipped in those envelopes.
My sister, Sarah, painted the picture of our homestead hanging above the bookshelf

All jokes aside, this is an exciting time for David and me. We look forward to seeing what the book does in the market and to collaborating on the sequel to this book. This is all very challenging with each of us having a job and our house project still to be completed.

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10 thoughts on “The Proud Mama”

  1. Congratulations, Saloma! I found your book by browsing on Amazon, and so I ordered it from there. It should arrive any day, and I can’t wait to read it. Your blog is most interesting. Theresa

  2. Congratulations, Saloma! There’s nothing wrong with being a proud mama. :) I’m excited about featuring you and your book on my blog very soon!
    Blessings to you and your family,

  3. Theresa, thank you for ordering the book. I look forward to hearing people’s comments about how they like it…

    Karen, thank you for your good wishes and for featuring my book on your blog.

    N.R., thanks for your good wishes.

    Katie, you can click on the book icon to the right of this post, which will take you to my webpage with an order form. You can also order it from Amazon or the publisher. I offer autographed copies, so I would love to inscribe your copy.

  4. Congratulations :) I found your blog from a review you did about Bender’s “Plain and Simple…” and then I found your book from your blog. It should be delivered this coming Tuesday and since I’m near the end of Henry Winkler’s “I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River” so it will arrive in a timely manner!

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