This is my 100th post. As good a time as any to reflect on the latest developments regarding my book.
It’s almost done. Almost.
The official publication date is August 8, 2005, which happens to be the 5-year anniversary of the comic strip known as Kim & Jason. Last week, I got the first 30 advance reading copies from the printer. I cannot tell you what a cool feeling it was to rip open that box and hold one of the books in my hands. Over a year’s worth of work, all shiny and UV coated. It was a pretty cool thing, albeit short-lived, as I immediately started a mental tally of all the things that would need to be changed.
Tomorrow I will be sending some of the review copies out to prepublication reviewers like Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times Book Review. In the meantime, we’re working on final editing, cover changes, and planning a long list of promotional tasks, including a semi-big publicity push.
So far, the handful of people who have read the book have given it high marks, which is encouraging. After writing the book in pieces, and then editing it from here to Timbuktu, you start to lose any sense of perspective on whether it’s any good at all. It’s like a big stew of words, and you wonder if it will connect with readers. I hope so. I’m planning to have some excerpts available for free download pretty soon, so folks can get a taste for the book, and hopefully scurry to pre-order it.
(A convenient category section has recently been added to the sidebar at left. The chapters from my book make up most of the categories, along with general Kim & Jason news and my random musings. I hope that this blog will continue to be a living, breathing, complementary resource to the book, encouraging grown-ups to Escape Adulthood.)
While the box of review copies sitting in my office marks the end of one chapter of this journey, a long winding road stretches ahead. I’m excited to see where it leads.