Cape Elizabeth, Maine – I don’t know what the UPS driver’s day was like before he pulled up out front. I’d been expecting him. My editor, the amazing Holly West, had told me that Advanced Reader Editions of our book, Google It: A History of Google, were en route. But as soon as I heard the engine of that truck, I jumped down an entire flight of stairs, rushed the front door, and pounced on the man carrying that package.
“Hello,” he said, “how are you?” Which, in Maine, sounds like ‘how-ah-ya’.
“I am totally freaking amazing! You have my book in your hands. My published book is in your hands right now!”
The road from choosing to follow this dream to having the dream show up on my front doorstep has been filled with rejections, set backs, revisions, writing, and rewriting, and more REWRITING.
So the UPS driver got kind of tickled by the whole thing. But this is not a moment for long exchanges. I want to say he handed me the package. But I think I may have jerked it right out of his hands.
Then, I walked (read: FLOATED) inside and stared at the package. I’ve got to be honest, my heart raced. What do I do now? I mean, this was a MOMENT. The very thing that I had been working for, hoping for, going crazy for… and it was actually here. There was an actual book, that I wrote, with my name on it!
So I FaceTimed my dad and ripped that padded envelope open!
I giggled and smiled. My dad cried. The moment we had been waiting for. Now, how long till the boys got home from school and I could put my book in their hands?
P.S. Are you a writer? Just receive a rejection or ten of them? Experiencing a setback? DON’T GIVE UP! Your UPS driver is counting on a moment like this and it’s headed your way. It is.
P.P.S. Win an early copy of GOOGLE IT: A HISTORY OF GOOGLE! Want to remember the days of paper maps, phonebooks, the card catalog, AND a phone that only made phone calls? Comment below to be entered in for a chance to win. I’ll pick one winner on April Fool’s Day (2018)! Want to pre-order the book? Click here!