Today is paperback day — the day when Oil and Marble is officially out in paperback. Although my debut has been out for over 2 YEARS, this all still feels new to me, and holding my paperback for the first time this weekend was as overwhelming and thrilling as holding the hardcover for the first time (as evidenced by the stupid look on my face in the featured image above!)

When Oil and Marble first came out, I didn’t know whether I would get a paperback edition at all. Whenever people asked about it, I coyly replied, “I don’t know when it will be out, that’s up to my publisher,” knowing FULL WELL that there were no guarantees. I had to sell enough hard cover copies to WARRANT a paperback…

So, today is a relief.

image1It’s also strange. This past weekend, we found paperback copies already on the shelf, which I autographed (at the Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue in New York City). So even though today is paperback day, I’ve already signed my first copies…

I’m also NOT doing any events this week, which is weird (hardcover release week was PACKED with signings). But this time around, I’m in New York City producing a TV show (Alec Baldwin’s talk show for ABC premiering this fall on Sunday nights)… I won’t have my first book event until Dallas next Wednesday at The Wild Detectives.

As with everything with this whole book journey, there are these moments of overwhelming bigness intermingled with these strange vacuums of silence — weird shaped holes in my schedule and in the noise.

We’re headed out for summer events starting next week. I’ll be back to blogging about events and art museums along the way. I’ll be Skyping into book clubs and teaching writing classes. And, as always, I’ll have my beaten-up, old hardback with me (if I sign yours, you sign mine)…

And in between — in the moments of that precious silence — I’m finishing my next novel…

When I wrote Oil and Marble, I thought it was my reason for being… but now, I’m quite certain that I was put on this planet to write this new novel, so — as strange and overwhelming as all of this is — I can’t wait to go on this journey with a new book… soon.

But for now, Happy Paperback Day! You only get a first one… once.

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