Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Twitterpated

I got my new books today!


It was a week earlier than I expected, but it's so fun to open up those boxes and see them--even when I look dumb doing it. My son played photographer today because I didn't want to wait for my husband to get home so I could open the box.


Here is the ceremonial unpacking of the author copies:



Once again, I will remind everyone that my teeth aren't really that crooked. It's this shadow thing that happens on my right tooth because it's stupid.


When James saw the book, he started laughing. "Twitterpated? Hahaha! Is that a real word?" Well, YEAH. I tried to explain it, and how it's even in the movie Bambi or whatever. And he was all, "Nope. It sounds like being constipated, like someone is saying, 'I want to Tweet, but I just . . . can't.'" And then he fell over laughing again. And I kicked him. But not very hard.


Anyway, this book has kind of snuck up on me a little. And I bite my thumb and at anyone who says "snuck" isn't a real verb. Uh . . . oh, yeah. So it's taken me by surprise. Twitterpated is actually the very first book I wrote. It's so fun to finally see it coming out now. I remember the sweat and tears that went into it. The amount of time I spent playing Insaniquarium because I didn't know what to write next. The elaborate character sketches I wrote before I ever started the story. The giant dish of frozen yogurt Kenny ran out and got me at 11:00 at night because that's when I finished writing my very first book. How amazing that felt. How amazing that still feels.


The thing is, I'm in a much different place career-wise as an author. On the same day that I'm opening my author copies for one book, I'm trying to compose my final bio-sketch for my agent so she can send my first national book out on submission this week. (That's a really huge deal that I'm probably not supposed to discuss publicly so let's not tell anyone I told you, okay?) And now instead of trying to whip my first chapter into shape for the LDS Storymakers contest, I'm judging one of the categories. And instead of picking the classes I want to go to, I'm planning the one I'll teach. And instead of trying to figure out how to find critique partners, I'm trying to figure out how to balance all the requests I get to read people's work against my own deadlines and family obligations.


But there are still things that are really fun. Like getting a royalty check last week, and my author copies today, and going on submission on Thursday. So we went out to eat as a family to celebrate it all, which reminded us why we haven't done that in a really long time (go out to eat) since we have a toddler, and that was supernotfun. And then my book came up on Goodreads tonight, which I love to see.


And I'll be telling you more about book stuff soon, but for right now, just because I'm so stoked to see Twitterpated on Goodreads, I made up a contest right on the spot (like a half hour ago). If you're on Goodreads and you add it To Read, whether you know you entered this contest or not, you're automatically entered to win a copy of the book. So you can wander on over here to Goodreads and add it To Read, if you want to.


And I'm going to go pet my pretty little books, and then curl up with my husband and a different book from the The Whitney finalists, and I'm going to soak up this day and all its good stuff. But not the two little kids at dinner part. The rest of it.

16 comments:

DeNae / SHP said...

Such a cute title! Can't wait to read this one. I know! Who am I??

Barbaloot said...

Hooray! I can't wait to get my own copy:)

Kristina P. said...

You are just super fancy and stuff. I am surrounded by amazing writers!

Aimee said...

I cannot wait to read Twitterpated! I've loved your other books. :) Congrats. Oh, and I love your title. A soft kick from me too.

Andrea said...

I'm very excited about your new book. I would totally love to win a copy, but I know the chances of that are slim. So, I'm super excited that it's on Barnes and Noble, and I happen to have a gift card there, so I think I'll just order it. :) If you do a blog tour or anything, I'd love to be a part of it. literarytimeout.blogspot.com

Stephanie Black said...

Congratulations on all your awesome news!!!

Andrea said...

The checkout was a little sketchy for some reason, but it all worked out and I have officially preordered Twitterpated! On the slim chance that I win your giveaway I will give it away on my blog. ;)

Becca said...

Happy, happy.

Melinda said...

Um, sorry but your son is hilarious. :D Just the fact that he could come up with that, such a smarty! hahaha I am STOKED about your book, and I just kind of want to live vicariously through you, because you're awesome.

Lexie@BookBug said...

So excited for you! Can't wait to read your new book! I would love to review it on my blog at http://thebookbug-hogan.blogspot.com/ if you are interested.
lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Oh my, I love James's (is that how you do James?) definition of Twitterpated. Hilarious. And congrats to you on all you've accomplished. We, LDS women of the world, are blessed to have you to entertain and uplift us.

Rachelle said...

Love that title and your story about your son, made me smile. :) Oh, yeah going out to eat with babies/toddlers=torture.

Karen Peterson said...

I think this is actually my favorite cover so far. Can't wait to read!

Charlotte said...

How wonderful. I looked it up on amazon yesterday and it wasn't there. Today the kindle version showed up. I'm trying to decide if I just buy it now or wait till I can get a hard copy so I can share it.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Yay yay yay!! Congrats! Can't wait to read it! :)

L.T. Elliot said...

I think you look great!

And I'm excited for where you're at. How fun that you're presenting (again!) and that you're fighting off the readings. ;)