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On Tuesday author proofs arrived from Createspace. The feeling of holding my own book was incredible and I haven’t come down from that high yet.

Unravelled Proof copies

Of course there’s more work to be done. The production department (aka my husband) has to organize e-books for Kobo, iTunes, Google and possibly Nook; get the Search Inside feature working, follow up with the Canadian printer we are using, create an author profile on Amazon Author Central and find out where we can send a press release.

The marketing department (yours truly) is working with Wanda Lynne Young to develop a blog tour, a press release, get initial reviews up on Amazon, make some changes to A Writer of History and other tasks.

I’m drawing an analogy to childbirth. The author proofs are like an ultrasound. The remaining work to be done is like labour but the outcome will be worth it – I’m expecting years of joy!