Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yes, it is a story, and it is a book

Over the weekend, I did something that I hadn’t done before.

I read my own novel, Dancing Priest.

It sounds funny, but it’s true. For the last six years, I have known the novel as a manuscript – a text that I wrote and rewrote, edited and wrote again, divided and rewrote, proofed and edited, checking the edits made by the editor and publisher, rewriting and rewriting yet again.

I had not read it straight through as a story, a book to read.

So I did, with one of the ebook versions.

I know this is something you expect the author to say, but I surprised myself. It’s actually a good story. It reads easily. The writing is on the spare, lean side. The story moves.

On Monday morning at work, I was in a rush. I had started the morning helping train almost 1800 people on the rudiments of social media. I had a day chock full of meetings, with a short 45-minute break to get some work done.

A co-worker came into my office, sat down and stared, not saying a word for a few moments.

Then she said, “I read your book.”

“You did? Oh, that’s cool.” I didn’t say more because I wasn’t sure what I was going to hear.

“It’s fantastic,” she said. “I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. Even all the God stuff. I told two other people to buy it and I’m getting the paperback for my daughter.”

She rose to go, and then said, “It says there’s going to be a sequel next summer.”

I nodded. “That’s the hope, if this one does okay.”

She nodded. “That’s too long to wait.”

The ebook versions of Dancing Priest were posted last week on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The iBook version is supposed to be available sometime this week.

The print paperback was scheduled for January, but things happened faster than expected.

Last night, my publisher sent me the photo at the top – the proof copy of the paperback.

It will be available within a few short days.


Kelly Sauer said...

I am GETTING the print copy. OMIGOODNESS.

And I am smiling huge here over the conversation with your coworker.

Doug Spurling said...

told you it was a good book - aren't you glad you read it :-)

especially(...even all the God stuff)

Nancy said...

"Even all the God stuff." That just gave me goose bumps.

Maureen said...

The best thing possible is word-of-mouth. So delighted for you.

HisFireFly said...

A thrill runs through me -- what a wonderful Christmas gift your editor sent you -- what a wonderful gift you share with the world

HisFireFly said...

A thrill runs through me -- what a wonderful Christmas gift your editor sent you -- what a wonderful gift you share with the world

Linda said...

Applause, applause! I am so thrilled for you Glynn. I haven't read it yet, but I have it as a promise for the next couple of weeks (I have to watch my Kindle "budget").

S. Etole said...

You always write a good review! The printed version will be on my "to buy" list.

David Rupert said...

Great that your coworker read it and liked it. Best review of all

nance marie said...

good news

Patricia said...

Reading your own book... you made me =) and think of how God looks on his created ones and feels joy and pleasure. Personally, I have not finished your book yet... on purpose. I hate hurrying through good books. They are my friends and I like to sit with them for a long while. I am savoring this one.

jasonS said...

Just bought the Kindle version. Can't wait to read it, Glynn. Thanks.