Yesterday, the second proof book arrived. It was just as exciting as the first proof's arrival yet a little more so. Since I was at work when it was delivered, Mom called to let me know. My husband "just happened" to get out of work early yesterday so he brought the box to me at school.
I opened it in the driveway with Ed, handed a book to my Dad for him and Mom, thanked Ed, and ran back in to school with the box, snagging anyone interested enough to see why I was so giddy as I passed their classrooms. With the cardboard flaps folded back we gazed and smiled at the contents, a "real" book. Laughter, hugs, and joy flowed out of the room into the hall.
To celebrate, Ed and Mary surprised me with dinner out at one of my favorite places followed by some shopping. He even went to JoAnn Fabrics with me, now that is love. lol
We talked, planned, and just smiled all night. It was during this conversation I realized there is still so much to do in order to be ready for the book's release. I'm not talking writing either, lol. Yes, we have to reread again for any missed issues but in order for an April 3, 2013 book release, there are other items necessary to make this a reality. The behind-the-scenes of publishing.
I have read some great books in my life both as an individual and as a teacher. One thing I like to do when a book touches my heart or stirs deep emotion is to let the author know. This is also something I encourage my students to do. The pitfall to this sometimes is the challenge to locate the author in order to send a card or note. Call me old fashioned but I LOVE a handwritten note and card. There is something precious about this mode of communication. Not only did someone care enough to write, but they dedicated time out of their day to physically write it and not just "whip off an email."
Don't get me wrong, I "whip off emails to people and even texts sometimes to let them know they have been on my heart but I'm a realist. Not everyone is computer, text, or Internet savvy. God called me to write Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey so the least I can do is make myself available to all my readers, not just those on the net.
I appreciate and pray for all my readers and hope this offers a new way to connect with me. This thought woke me up last night and weighed on my heart so, I am adding this address to the back of my book with my contact information.
Lisa M. Buske
P.O. Box 261
New Haven, New York 13121
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