Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look?

Well, here we are. It’s the day! I’ve known about this since…let’s see, going back through my email, the end of March, and have been working on the poetry within since I was a wee Amy, about twenty years (seriously, the oldest poem in the collection is from freshman year of college, when I started doing this here poetry thing seriously, yo, so just shy of twenty years ago) and have been working back and forth with Jenn at Luna Station Press since March to pull the whole thing together, and today’s the day! The day I am a PUBLISHED EFFING AUTHOR EEEE!

I know, right? It’s always been in the back of my head that I’d like to be a published author someday. In that, I’m not alone. I think a lot of us have that aspiration in the back of our minds. (Well, at least those of us who write. I’d assume those of you who DON’T write probably don’t think about it that much. Why would you? That’d be like me dreaming about winning an Olympic medal. What the hell would I win it IN? It’s not even in the realm of possibility.)

A medal in…lounging? Perhaps then I would stand a chance.

I’ve gone on and on and ON about the book, until you all probably want to tear your hair out and say SHUT UP AMY! and YOU’D THINK YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON TO EVER WRITE A BOOOOOK! so if you are new here (and, if so, hi hi hi!) you can click on these two clickies and read more about what’s happening here; otherwise, you probably already know.

The book is on sale now. Which is why this is being published at a weird-ass time. YOU CAN BUY MY BOOK NOW. You can buy it as a paperback, or in a variety of e-reader formats. IT IS EVEN ON AMAZON. (Plus, I totally have an Amazon writer’s profile page. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?) I know! If you want the paperback, it’ll take a little while to get to you, obviously – you have to wait for shipping, it’s not coming to you via wormhole, sorry, we don’t have the budget for wormholes – but if you get one of the variety of e-reader versions, you can start reading it RIGHT THE HELL NOW. (Or you could buy BOTH, and start reading it NOW, and then have a pretty paperback version coming to you so you can hold it in your HANDS later. The options are ENDLESS. Oh, wait, I guess they’re not really endless. There are finite options. I don’t mean to be misleading.)

NOT infinite possibilities. I’m a total jerk. Please ignore this graphic.

ALSO, you can purchase the other two books Luna Station is releasing today: Cara’s Elegantly Wasted and @dancing_sparkle‘s The Emerald Tablet. Plus any other Luna Station books previously released. (GO GO GO! Support independent publishers!)

I have a few people who have volunteered (or have been asked and agreed) to review the book (THANK YOU PEOPLE! Your copies are either on the way or will be very soon!) and as those reviews come out, I’ll tweet them and post them on that page about the book. And probably freak the hell out about them, if they’re good. Of course I will. When have I not freaked out about something awesome?

If you buy it (thank you in advance!) and read it (DOUBLE thank you in advance!) I would love to talk to you about it, if you want to talk about it, of course – my email’s at the bottom of the blog, if you want to talk about it there, or there’s Twitter or Facebook (links on the right) or I suppose REAL LIFE if you’re one of THOSE people. (Hi, those people!) Also, if you’re one of those really REAL people, YES OF COURSE I would love to sign your book for you. I will write very nice things. (I wish I could sign all of your books. I don’t know how to go about that. All I could think of was bookplates, like The Bloggess did for her book, but I don’t have the money for buying them or shipping them, so I apologize in advance for that. Blame my unemployedness for that one falling through.)

Dude, this is a Laura Ingalls Wilder book signing. How impressive is this?

I pre-sent it out to a few people, and a few people bought it early, and the early readers that I’ve heard back from have been very complimentary, so I’m going to hope they’re not just being nice and that you’ll all love it as much as they did.

OK. It’s time. If you’re so inclined, please go forth and buy my book. That I wrote. Myself. Many thanks to Jenn for all her editorial goodness, and Ken for the beautiful cover photo, and everyone who has, one way or another, along the way, encouraged me or helped me or inspired me or what-have-you. Thank you thank you thank you.

I hope you love it. I really do.

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30 responses to “Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look?

  • blogginglily

    Bought. . . paperback.

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  • jennabenda

    Congratulations! Today is your day.

    I bought a paper copy because I want its beauty to live on my shelf. I only paid for cheapo shipping so I’m in for a wait, which I will probably regret as people keep posting glowing comments.

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  • Cara V. (@fictionalchick)

    so far your book is awesome! and thanks for the shout out. I will review on all the sites! <3 so proud of you- ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: AUTHOR

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  • sj

    I know that some people went and gulped it down immediately, and I hope you don’t think less of me for reading it slowly. Your poems are gorgeous and I want to take my time and think about each one before I say anything.

    Really, though – Amy, this is amazing. You’re so incredibly talented. Congratulations, my friend. <3 <3 <3

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    • lucysfootball

      Of course I don’t! Some people read things slowly, some quickly – I don’t judge that at all. I’m just so happy you’re reading it! And thank you so much! I’m all a-glow today. :)

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      • sj

        Well, normally I’d have finished something this length in an hour, but since I don’t generally read poetry – I feel like I need to take some time with it.

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        • lucysfootball

          I totally understand. That’s why LotR is taking me so long, because it’s not my typical thing, and I’m worried I’m missing something!

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          • sj

            Well, I hope you like RotK as much as you (seem to have) liked the others. I know some people have a hard time with the beginning because there’s a lot of preparing for war, but the second half more than makes up for anything in the first half.

            I hope that’s not too spoilery. >.<

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            • lucysfootball

              So far I am all UGH WAR! WAR! WAR! but I am optimistic it will get better. My favorite character HAS to come back soon! He was part of a cliffhanger before! COME BACK FAVORITE CHARACTER (who I will not mention the name of because SPOILERS!)

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  • doesmybumlookbiginthis

    Hooray! I’ve just ordered it from Lulu as i haven’t got a kindle and i like to hold books in my hand :) Well done!! I’m so happy for you and i cannot WAIT to read your poetry :) :) xx

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  • A. Pope

    I bought the Kindle version (should I have admitted that?)–will start to read it after work. I am a little apprehensive, not being that into poetry (except ee cummings–love archy and mehitabel, but those are funny and involve a cat–win/win!). Most of my recent experience is poems say by the local poet laureate written on the occasion of a municipal opening (ick), works by same with ALL the EMOTIONS gushing out and puddling around their feet, and there was the time I was replacing glass in a frame for someone (I’m a picture framer–life lesson in stopping with BA’s in art and art history) who followed me to the back room, recited a poem he’d written and then quizzed me about the meaning like it was frickin’ school and he was Keats. I am hoping to find something quite different in your book.

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    • lucysfootball

      Yes, of course you can admit that! I’m happy with any version anyone purchases! Thank you so much!

      I promise not to recite or quiz you (eek, how awkward would THAT have been?) and I hope you’ll love it – I think they’re pretty accessible, and people seem to be enjoying them, so hopefully they’ll work for you, too!

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  • Tony Bird

    I’ve been wondering lately about how to get a digital copy of something signed. Someone suggested that I have authors sign my Kindle. Maybe I should just have authors sign me and get it tattooed over. Or maybe I should have them sign one of my kids and get it tattooed over. Either way, it’s an interesting question to ponder.

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  • Samantha

    I am about halfway through your book. :) Awesome job so far Amy. I am also not much of a poetry reader, but I am finding it quite accessible and very lovely. It’s inspiring seeing your book published :)

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    I got myself a paperback copy, so I’ll have to wait to get it. But it feels like the kind of book that I’d want to savour; a book to read a poem at a time. Anyway, it felt more suitable to buy a physical copy than my usual ebooks. (Also, the cover is gorgeous and I want to display it on a book shelf or something!)

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    But really, who am I kidding, I’m probably gonna get it as a Kindle book as well. That way I’ll always have it with me on my phone.

    (In fact, when browsing for your book on Amazon, there was this seductive button called ‘Try a sample’ and even though I’d promised myself to wait for the paper copy, my finger clicked it by itself. So now I’ve got a sample of your book that I’m trying (and failing) not to read! And I really really love ‘As you fall asleep, elsewhere’!)

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  • Kris Rudin

    Ordered from my LBS!! can’t wait to actually hold it and read it. You must be positively GIDDY!!! :)

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