Copies of my first poetry book Tarnished Trophies arrived last Friday. The doorbell rang. I opened the door and on the step there they were: nicely stacked like flattened test tube babies in three boxes. Even the front cover image: Skater by Toronto artist Olena Kassian depicted a figure in a fetal position. Time for a celebration.
I had been waiting so long for this delivery: over three and a half years of hard labour. The mid-wife-middle-man-delivery-truck-driver didn’t even want an autograph, I mean a signature. He left no instructions and there was no book tour manual in the boxes.
What does a first time author do? I grabbed my phone and made a few calls. Then I danced but not too long, preferring to conserve my energy for the days ahead.
Two days later, my book tour jitters began in Cobourg at The Ontario Poetry Society’s Springtime Poetry Soiree. Below are some of the photo highlights:
The poetic journey and book tour continues….
Congratulations, Debbie! Save a copy for me please. You must feel as if you have given birth to a baby!
Thanks Heather. I have your copy saved! I’d like to see some copies in the library too, so next time you’re near a library, see if the library can order a copy or bring one in from another library system.
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