I came home after choir and saw a few packages on top of our grand piano–one big box and one small orange package.

A few days ago I had ordered the proof copy of A Prayer Book for Writers–it would come with a horizontal stripe printed on the cover saying “Not for resale,” and it would come on March 4th, 2020.

I guessed which package was the proof copy–the smaller one. My name on the address, the return address from Amazon. I picked it up and brought it to my room. This was one I could tear open without scissors but with my hands, and I did.

The book is smaller and thicker than I’d imagined it would be. But it is more beautiful than I had expected it to be. Everything looks crisp. The cover is lovely.

The book is finally in my hands.

Officially 275 pages long–with the pages from the introduction and front pages and back pages combined, it is 300 pages–not counting the extra white pages in the back.

The pages are white and a little feathery. I feel like I’m holding a traditionally published book. The interior design is just about as perfect as possible.

The title on the spine is a little off-center, though I’ve heard this is normal for amazon books, sadly. Yet with the typewriter font it has a charm to it.

Everything is ready.

The book is ready.

It is time to launch.

I clicked the button to release the book.

Waited for the next page to load.

And… it says it will take 1-3 days for the book to appear. Amazon has to review it first, now that I’ve clicked the button to release the book for purchase.

Well, there’s your update!

Happy writing!