So, when you write a book you get a certain number of free copies (this will be stated in your contract). Well, they might not be free, really, their payed for with your blood-sweat-tears-and many a hot dog dinner during the writing process. But they feel free cause you don't have to charge em to your visa. These books are called Author Copies.
Anyhoo, so I got my Author Copies on Monday. Score! And immediately I signed copies earned by those that also put their blood-sweat-tears and hot dog dinners into helping me out. My first copy is signed to my hubby who by far sacrifices the very most for everything I write, then I signed copies to Julie Wright, Bob & Shirley Bahlmann, Heather Moore & Tristi Pinkston--awesome freinds that edited for me and weren't afraid to tell me when parts of the story sucked. BJ Rowley did my final line edit and Crystal Liechty helped me pry off that rock I'd been living under and set up a page on Myspace. Then my Mama and my Mama-in-law get free copies because of that whole child birth thing they did awhile back.
I've now given away half my author copies (with six more slated for people helping with my Opening Night, more on that later), and on Monday my 13 year old daughter saw the books and asked if she could read one. For the next two days that's exactly what she did, finishing last night around 10:30 (I let her stay up cause I'm such a nice mom). I asked her to write me a review before she took off to school this morning--the first review of the actual bound book. And here's what she had to say:
I really like this book because the characters were easy to related to and I was able to understand their feelings really well. The book kept me thinking of the possibilities of the next page every second and I could hardly put it down.
So, there you have it. Out of the mouths of babes...