By Kristi Belcamino
A few weeks ago, I became a published author. I have worked for years to get to this point, and yet, when I woke up on the morning of June 10th, 2014, there were no fireworks.
But, of course, I didn’t expect any.
I know very little, but enough to know not to have high expectations that my whole world would change because I FINALLY had a book out in the big wide world. Even though there were no fireworks, I’ve had some amazing moments that I’ll share:
* My husband, who is ruthlessly supportive of my writing career, called our two girls into our bedroom when I awoke and said, “Look at your mama. Does she look any different? Now she’s a published author.”
* My husband bought me a dozen red roses.
* I got a call from a famous mystery writer to congratulate me and make me laugh about his launch day expectations and how they ended with him crying in a corner at a restaurant. Love this guy. (He also told me “Remember, people you don’t even know will now have your book in their hands!” WOOHOO!)
* My writing buddy, Sam, who has a book coming out in December (YAY SAM!) had me and the kids over for amazing scones and super good coffee. (The BEST type of playdate on the planet.)
*The reviews that popped up on Amazon blew me away. (They continue to do so!) As my famous mystery writer friend had said would happen: People I DON’T EVEN KNOW are reading and loving my book!!!!!
*A woman from high school paid me the best possible compliment I could have ever received as a debut author and it had nothing to do with my book. She told me that she was buying my book because I was kind to her in high school (when other JERKS weren’t) and that 20 years later she wanted people to know I was a good person and that something I didn’t realize I had done made a difference. I cried reading that. A lot.
So, there were no fireworks upon becoming a debut author, but there were small, beautiful moments that I will cherish forever.
By Kristi Belcamino