I hope you’ll bear with this first-time novelist’s excitement over the little joys along the way on my path to publication, because here I go:

Look what came in the mail! The galleys for The Red Kimono! For my non-writer friends, here’s the definition of a galley:

galley proof: noun

A proof, originally one set from type in a galley, taken before the material has been made up into pages and usually printed as a single column of type with wide margins for marking corrections.

So, this is not the “real” book . . . yet. But, I’m one step closer. And it was quite a thrill to see it, to flip through the pages and to read it in book format, rather than on a computer or printed out on paper.

Is this “old hat” for you who are mulitple-times published? Or, is it still a thrill to see your book in hard copy form?

Watch for the “real” book, including the highly-anticipated cover image. Coming  in January by the University of Arkansas Press!

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