I haven’t shared on here yet that I finally have actual physical copies of this in my hand.
There is no immediate gratification in publishing. I think we announced the final table of contents last January, after months of reading submittals and interacting with authors on changes, contracts, and other such things. So from the time Cleis gives us the “go” until we hold a book, it’s about a year. But there are many other gratifications along the way: reading good stories, getting to know new writers, reconnecting with writers we’ve known for a while and exchanging news about our lives, editing and polishing their stories, seeing the cover for the first time, reading galleys, and getting to work with all the different people at Cleis who make this happen. It takes a village to raise a book, too!
That mug next to the book is one of my gifts from Lisa S. It will be the official coffee cup of 2014. At least for hot coffee. (I do use other cups, but I tend to favor one over all the others every year.)
There’s also a new iced coffee cup, seen here with some of the other fruit slice delights I received from Laura and Lynne at Christmas. Comedians.
As for who has the famous lime coasters now…
See how thrilled and touched she is over this?!?