Publishing your first novel is a bit nerve-wracking. First you get an ego adjustment from your critique group as they pick apart your precious prose. Then you get more character-building experience by having your finished manuscript rejected by scores of harried agents and editors. When you finally get published, expectations sufficiently lowered, you wonder whether anyone will come to your book launch. You’d be happy with a crowd of three, over and above your immediate family.
So it was with a sense of wonder and gratitude that I peered out at a crowd of over one hundred book enthusiasts who elbowed into Loveland’s Anthology Book Company Friday night, October 12, to hear about my historical novel, Mariano’s Crossing. Thank you thank you and thank you. The book store thanks you. They sold some eighty books, and not a few beers. And let’s add the thanks of the Loveland Historical Society, who will receive my part of the proceeds of your generous purchases.
Now the euphoria is fading, and I’m wondering if anyone will like the book.
Attention, readers: If you do like it, feel free to infect the social media with your viral accolades. Tweet away, however that works (it’s a mystery to me). On the other hand, if you don’t like it, contact me privately. I’m used to it, but why spoil it for others? Heh, heh.
PS. You can buy autographed copies from my website at www.davidmjessup.com. The book is also available at Anthology Books, 422 E. 4th Street in Loveland, CO, and will be distributed through regular channels to bookstores and on-line retailers after November 26.