Thoughts on the Launch of BOOMERANG
It's always exciting to launch a book, but last week was the first coauthored book I've launched and, let me tell you, I highly recommend the experience.
For me, book launches have always been a seesaw of emotions. Excitement and fear crash inside me. A combination of, "I did this!" and "What am I doing?" Of the pride in the accomplishment of getting the book that far, into print, on a shelf, an actual thing. And of the dread of what will come next. Will people read it? Will they love it or hate it? What will happen to this thing that's been mine up until this point, and is now everyone's?
Coauthoring felt a little different. Sure, I had pride and fear with the launch of BOOMERANG, but all along, from the very first words written, I had a partner. I had someone who I knew loved the book. Who was on the inside, with me. And that someone--my coauthor Lorin Oberweger--happens to be a person who's opinion I value very highly (probably obvious.) With Lorin by my side, my will people like this book? fear was just... gone. Because of her, this launch has been special. It's been brighter. Full of Florida sunshine. Laughs. Family. And warmth. A highlight of my career thus far, for certain.
Talia, Katy, Bret and Donna read a fairly early draft of BOOMERANG. Their feedback also provided me with such a boost. They know just what to say and they said it. They got the book. And their support reinforced something I've been thinking about a lot lately: if I can write a book my friends will love, that's the definition of success. What other measure could mean more than that? Than getting it right in the eyes of the people you love and respect most? None, I say.
The publishing journey for me has had a lot of twists and turns. I've learned so much. I've taken a few hard knocks, and I've had more than my share of champagne-worthy moments. The best parts of the ride have remained the same, though. Writing stories. Sharing them with good friends.
Thank you, Lorin. Thank you, Muses. You make this ride so worth it.
And go, BOOMERANG!