They’ve arrived!

I told myself this would be an anti-climax. How could it not be? Since I was a child, I’ve been anticipating the moment I would hold a copy of my own book in my hands.

20130321_132539And here it finally is, biked over courtesy of Picador a couple of days ago: a hardback copy of my book, fresh from the press.

Here, before my eyes, is the physical incarnation of lonely weekends, parties turned down, missed episodes of Homeland, key national events overlooked (I didn’t even catch the royal wedding on TV; I was too busy editing bloody Part 1). Alright, the book, lovely as it is, can’t give me back Kate Middleton in her glorious wedding dress. But at least it’s concrete proof that I was actually doing something useful during all that time alone in my room.

It hasn’t been an anti-climax, either. That’s partly because I’d managed to tone down my expectations. The arrival of the book in physical form feels pretty miraculous, but I now know it’s one of many great moments in the run up to publication rather than the only one. But still, it’s very exciting. I asked my boyfriend to take a picture of me holding the book (see below), and he had to take around 30 before he was satisfied he’d taken one in which I didn’t look ‘deranged’ (his unkind word, not mine).

photo-10Thank you all at Picador for this lovely moment.

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About Rebecca Wait

27-year-old writer based in London. Author of 'The View on the Way Down'.
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5 Responses to They’ve arrived!

  1. Pingback: THE COVER | Rebecca Wait

  2. ukpr says:

    Congratulations! That’s a beautiful cover!

  3. rebeccawait says:

    Cheers! I LOVE the covers of Amity and Sorrow, both US and UK versions (though the UK version is creepier, which I like). x

  4. tillyv says:

    Huge congratulations Becky! Toby has only just told me (boys…!). I am off to buy my copy. Great reviews…!

  5. Norah says:

    amazing. what a defining and wonderful moment.

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