Tuesday, 6 May 2014

When Your Book Leaves Home

"You are the closest thing I will ever come to magic."
– Suzzanne Finnamore


Today is the day I have worked towards for seven years, the moment that a long cherished dream became reality. Today is the day that my book, Cloud Riders, has been born into the literary world.

How do I feel? Elated, yes of course. But there’s also an element of sadness. Why? … Cloud Riders has been such a big part of my life. It has grown and developed as I have grown and developed as a writer. During my long journey to publication with it, I have found my author’s voice among its pages. And as I have written this book, it has also written me. 

Cloud Riders is not the first book I’ve created, but it’s certainly the one I’m most proud of. However, today I feel like a parent whose child is leaving home to discover the world by itself. And within that moment, joy and sadness will always be tightly woven together.

I have put everything I can into this book, the best of me, made my vision of a fantastical world, as real as my abilities will allow. Now I can only hope Cloud Riders will create a spark that ignites in the imagination of my readers.

But now I find myself trying not to notice the empty place at the table. All I can do is wait by the phone for that first call home to hopefully say everything is fine...

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11 comments:

  1. Good Luck and Congrats! They are very much our babies, and you have done really well. I am busy stalling on mine, but if I don't let it grow up and mature it might wilt and die!!

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  2. Nick, you have expressed yourself so beautifully here. Congratulations on a wonderful day. You deserve to revel, reflect, ponder, wallow, celebrate, shed a tear or two, drink some wine and collapse into your bed exhausted and happy. Xxx

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  3. it will always be your baby - congratulations, I'm sure Cloud Riders will have more to share with you!

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  4. Congrats, Nick! Just like when a child leaves home, it's now time to sit around and drink wine leisurely JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN. :¬)

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  5. Congratulations Nick. Enjoy every minute. x

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  6. Congratulations! I have a recent home-leaver-book myself so I empathise with your mixed feelings. Have a great day!

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  7. You will feel this again with subsequent books. Cherish this time.

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  8. Thank you all. Talk about a mixed bag of emotions! What's caught me by surprise is that rather than ringing home, Cloud Riders has been sending me postcards! Okay, to be more precise new readers have sent me photos of them holding the book – it's been an unexpected bonus and just wonderful to witness. :o)

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  9. Congratulations Nick - must be a proud moment!

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  10. It really is, Jan. But now the hard work really starts – getting the word out there. Rolls up sleeves! ;o)

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