The Big Day

Yesterday was a big day in my life as an author: My author copies arrived.

I knew they were en route so I actually drug my pregnant body off the couch and made the long, arduous, uphill-both-ways-in-the-snow (read: 1/8 mile) trek to the end of my driveway three times throughout the day. And after each trek, I found my mailbox empty.

I finally left for a birthday party at 3:30 with no books in sight, only to get a call from my mom (she lives next-door) a few minutes later that the Fed-Ex truck had pulled up minutes after I left. Two big boxes were waiting for me. Let’s just say I was antsy to leave the party.

Anyway, when I finally got home and tore open the boxes, I just stood there for a few minutes, not even sure what to do. There it was: My book, 100% complete, 100% edited, 100% done and 100% real. It was an amazing feeling.

Anyway, I’ll be posting pictures of me with my first copy later (I have to take a shower and at least comb my hair first) and I asked Jody Hedlund‘s permission to steal her idea and post a slideshow on my blog of all of my friend’s first sightings of my book. So, if you see my book in a bookstore or it arrives at your house (I got word this week that Amazon is shipping already!), please email me a picture at and I’ll put it up.

Question: If you’re an author, what did you do with your author copies? If you’re not, what would you do?


  1. Promo the heck out of it!

    Lol. Congrats. I got all tingly for you! YAY! Can't wait to see your pic of you and the first book. Will also head out and see if I can find a copy to buy and take a pic with!

    Great post!

    And good luck with that baby!

  2. YAY!!! Big congrats!!!

  3. Wow! What an awesome feeling that must be to see your book for the first time. Sort of like how it'll feel to see your baby, LOL. Congratulations!!!

  4. Oh my gosh, that's so amazing. I hope to one day be in that position (I need to think of a book idea first though).

    If you need someone to review your book, I'd be more than willing šŸ˜‰ just saying. :)

    Congratulations, seriously, that's…goose bump inspiring!

  5. YAY Erin!!!!!!!!! I bet you are floating on air!!! I can't wait for that day to come to my house. I'll probably shake and cry and scream and all that fun stuff. šŸ˜‰ And how cool that you live next to your mom. I live next to my MIL which isn't as cool, but makes for an interesting life.

  6. I think I would stand there in disbelief staring at them when they first arrived. :) This is so exciting! Congrats!

  7. Congrats! I've started thinking about what I will do with mine. I guess I will give some to family and then save some.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS, Erin!! It's been so stinking long since I got a box of author copies (okay, 2 years) that I don't even remember. I think I sold them through my blog and website. :)

    May I take a pic of myself with my copy and put my fingers over the part that says "uncorrected proof?"

  9. What an amazing feeling! Very cool. So excited for you- jumping up and down :).

  10. WHEEEEEEEEE!!! So excited! I'm ready to post your interview and giveaway whenever you give me the go ahead!! Let's celebrate!!!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS! Baby #1 is here! Now for Baby #2…

    When I get some? I plan to make a music video.

    You think I'm joking?

  12. Congrats! That's so exciting :)

  13. Wow, Erin! Congrats on your new book's arrival! I know I'd be thrilled to pieces.

    You can give away author copies on Facebook, at the grocery store, at church and at the obstetrician's office.

    May God grant your book favor and success!

  14. Mine is in the mail! I cannot wait to get it!

  15. Congrats! Wow, that is so very exciting!

  16. I am taking some books to school with me today! I am a proud mama…

  17. I really don't like to use the term "squeeeeee" but boy, does this ever qualify for it!

  18. Woo-hoo!!!! This is exciting news, indeed!! I'm soooo happy for you. Enjoy!!

  19. FYI Review is up on Goodreads. :)

  20. So excited for you! Give them away on Twitter (or do whatever you want). Can't wait for the launch.

  21. It's great how many free copies you got!

  22. Oooo, look at those books in that box!! Very nice, congrats. That's exciting. I've heard ARCs are for promo, not sure about author copies. I'd give some away to friends/family (critique partners?) and the rest I'd promo–write to other bloggers who read this kind of book and ask if they'd like to handle a giveaway and/or do an interview. Stuff like that. Let your bloggy friends help promo you!

  23. WOW! Congrats! I may not be a pro, but I think author copies are for smaller signings and giveaways. Sign them! hehe

    Bask in the warmth of accomplishment!

  24. The book looks amazing! I've enjoyed following your journey (up the driveway and back…Just kidding). But really, from the moment I read your post about writing under a tight deadline until now. Celebrate!

  25. Congratulations, Erin! I look forward to seeing your first sighting slide show.

  26. Oh, so many congratulations!!

  27. Congrats! So glad for you:)

  28. I hid my book copies! Seriously, there's one out… all the rest are too scary/emotional too look at.:)

  29. Yeah, I'm still pretty tickled for you. Just came by to get your blog address so I can send off the email to Jodi with ParentLife.

    I'll be sending you a picture with my copy soon!