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But hey, something else came up. What was it, you ask?

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Why, it’s the advanced reader’s editions of my book!

Holy crap! I am holding my first book in my hand and I am walking on air. When I took them out of the envelope, I was stunned to see that they had covers on them. I don’t know why I assumed they’d have plain covers like those stacks of books I saw that time at The Strand, but I just stared and stared at it.

And I thought Christ! It’s huge!

I seriously thought it was the biggest mass market paperback I’d ever seen, and I had to compare it to the books on my shelf to convince myself it was the normal size.

Oh, hey! Wanna see the whole cover?

Child of Fire All Cover

It’s a little hard to read that text, but if you want to read the back cover text, check out this larger version of the file. It’s three copies of the book photocopied together, but I’m not tearing one apart for my blog. At that link you can see the blurbs from Jim Butcher, Terry Rossio and Sherwood Smith, and the back cover copy, too.

And now I’m going to bed. I have a scene to revise tomorrow, and suddenly it doesn’t feel daunting at all.

:-)

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i_amsherlocked
Apr. 30th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Yaaaay!!! Congratulations!!

i_amsherlocked
Apr. 30th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
I can't wait to read it!
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
msagara
Apr. 30th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Sooooo exciting :D :D :D

Congratulations :D. Of course, you know, when the book actually arrives in our store, I'm going to say "this is burger_eater's book" and people are going to look at me as if I've grown an extra head, right?

The perils of LJ names.
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
:D

Most writers seem to switch to real-life names once they have something to promote, but I resist! I love burgers!

(A little too much, as the picture illustrates.)
desperance
Apr. 30th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Hey, stablemate! (I too am with Del Rey these days.) Congratulations!
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Team Del Rey!

And thanks!
seawasp
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's nothing like the first time you reach into a box or an envelope and pull out.... an honest to god book with your name on it.
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Not even my Amazing Powers of Denial could stifle last night's good mood.
detante
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
That is a beautiful site! Congrats.
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
blackhanddpants
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
YAY!
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
:D
antonstrout
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Shiny!
Congrats, there's nothing quite like the sensation of making sweet, sweet love to the first ARCs of your book.

What? Doesn't everyone do that?
sartorias
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Shiny!
Well I take mine out to a dinner and a movie first.
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sartorias
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
You really need to put that photo on your website--that grin is just fantastic.

What did Mango say about the arrival of the books?
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
At first he had to be pried away from his Legos, but once he joined me, he started marching around the living room with the book held over head.

Then he said he wanted to read it.

"Give it a few years," I told him, and eased the book out of his grip. :)
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burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
geniusofevil
Apr. 30th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome. Did you cry?
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yes! Awesome!

But no, I didn't cry. I've never cried over any of this. In fact, mostly I've felt a tremendous sense of relief.

Thank God I didn't fail.
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lwe
Apr. 30th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
beth_bernobich
Apr. 30th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
THAT IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It's a little crazy.
amcm
Apr. 30th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
HOLY CRAP YAY!!!!

Wow man. Huge. Very very very Huge.

burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I know!

And you, sir, are on the front and back cover. :)
benbenberi
Apr. 30th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Super-cool. Congratulations on book birth!
burger_eater
Apr. 30th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The pain was intense!
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