I knew the package was coming--I just didn't know when. Looks like today was the day. The package was small, just large enough to hold five copies of Immortal Work's latest publication, Scott William Taylor's Chaser. Yes...it's real.
The book launched on the 16th of this month, but it was digital. I'm not complaining, mind you. The fact that something I wrote can be downloaded to literally billions of phones, computers, and tablets blows my mind. But to many of you--myself included--nothing compares to the feeling of actually holding a book in your hands, feeling the coarseness of each page, smelling the paper as the pages turn.
It's visceral, tangible, wonderful.
A few years ago I put together a collection of short stories called Speckled that I wrote and had published. Getting a box full of unread, unopened books was a surreal experience. It's one of those things authors brag about, and they do so because it's amazing. Today it happened again. The brown cardboard package hides its contents, but once it's opened, the books come out and there's smiles all around.
I've spent time with a lot of authors over the past couple of years. Some publish books several times a year, some, like me...well, let's just say, it's not something that happens to me a lot. Yes, today was a good day. Hopefully in the future, it'll be less than three years between times the boxes show up at our door.
And if you want a box of your own and experience that special feeling of getting a real "flesh-and-blood" book, check: HERE and it'll happen to you!