A Kid in a Candy Shop

I’ve been an epublished author for just about a year with three books under my belt. But nothing can compare to the excitement of receiving my first print book. In many ways, I was as giddy as a child stepping into a candy shop for the first time.

I’ve been writing fiction for as long as I can remember. When I received my first official contract (with Decadent Publishing), I was over the moon. Finally someone other than my friends and critique partners believed in my writing enough to take a chance on me. That, in itself, was a huge lift. Since that first contract, I’ve gone through some more firsts and the excitement has been replaced by the feeling of professionalism. This is, after all, a job.
But this new first, of getting to hold my print book in my hands, I didn’t mind indulging in the giddiness of a newbie. Finally, after 41 years, I was able to hold a book of my own creation in my hands. Even as I type this my heart is squeezing and I’m getting giddy all over again. I grinned from ear to ear until my cheeks hurt the day UPS delivered my copies. A world of emotions swirled inside my chest. Excitement (of course), pride (because one of my dreams had come true), concern (because what if nobody wanted it???), humility (because even though I was at this awesome place in my writing life, I still have SO MUCH to learn), thanks (to Decadent Publishing for believing in me still), and hope (because where will my writing career take me next?).
But I think mostly over the last month, I focused on enjoying the feel of my print book in my fingers and the smell of paper pages. I took the book with me to work, to meetings with friends, to my exercise classes at the gym. I wanted everyone who touched my life to see what I had created. There will always be time enough to focus on the professional aspects of the job. For a while, I just want to cherish being that little kid in the candy shop for the very first time.
Me, in Scotland one summer


  1. Alexa, congratulations! Holding your book in your hands is an amazing experience. Enjoy every second of your hard work!

  2. I love that you still have that first-time excitement!

  3. Congrats! :)

    Must be exciting to reach your goal. :)

  4. Thanks, everyone! Yep. My only regret is some of the most supportive people are no longer with us and can't be a part of it.

  5. Alexa, HUGE Congrats! Enjoy every moment of it :)

  6. HURRAY!!! Congrats, Alexa and may you have many many more thrills associated with your books.

  7. Thanks, Heather and Angi! I'm so happoy I get to share this story here, too!