For decades I have been longingly wandering through labyrinths of shelves, dreaming about seeing the spine of a book with my name on it. Now, I'm manifesting that as my amazing PR team & I actively strategize the release the Hardcover of TRUST in just a few months.
That's right! In the fall of 2015, my book will be on shelves.
OMG! That's plural - SHELVEZZZZZZ.
Here's what I'm visualizing:
A cool, indie bookstore owner placing it on the Staff Favorites shelf.
Librarians taking teens to the "B" section to find Baker, Jodi's book called TRUST.
Visiting readers to discuss the fantastical Museion world, Library Lions & Anna, then whipping out a stack of hardcovers to sign with one of my purple pens.
That eye of the jaguar staring out at people from the New Release shelf at Barnes & Noble, & Books-a-Million.
People clicking on Amazon, then opening a package in the mail where their first view of TRUST is accompanied by that amazing new book scent.
Myself, opening a package of hardcover copies with my name across the front, that will be future prizes for book blog tour give-aways.
I'm holding space for all of those visions to come true. I know my Zebra team is too, which makes me feel humbled & grateful.
I really, really love my e-reader. I can weightlessly carry stacks of books with my everywhere I go. I have relished the experience of having my story read by hundreds of people on Kindles, Nooks, & iPads (Oh My). Sharing Anna & her story with so many in that format has been an incredible gift. I'm thankful & so appreciative for all the downloading clicks, the reading, the loving, thoughtful reviews, the generous sharing & unbelievable support you have all given me, helping to get the word out about TRUST being e-book published!
Today, I'm triply grateful & excited that my book will soon also be in a long-wished-for, traditional form as well, which will help me to reach out to even more readers. Fully realized & exquisitely tangible. Happy fingers & excited eyes will be running over the gorgeous, detailed cover that Lino Azevedo created. My words will be read. I'm dreaming about the gorgeous sound of pages being turned & yes, even the sight of them lovingly dog-eared.
I'm going to see my book on shelvers. Wait - is this real life?
As Nin, the prophetic character in TRUST would say:
'What happens is what's happening.'
So, it's happening. I'm going to hold my official, published hardcover book in my hands soon. And, at long last, soon, you can too!