Like most big events in our lives, we think more about planning them than what we will do when they arrive. They can seem like surreal experiences where the elements are known but how they play out are not. This is how I felt when I received my first hard copy of Change with Confidence.
A thoughtful Editorial Assistant at Wiley had sent me an email saying that the first copy had shown up on his desk and that he was couriering it to me. I was on assignment in New Jersey, which meant it would arrive home twenty-four hours before I did.
The package was waiting for me on our front table as I opened the door. I maneuvered around it as a golfer does when sizing up a putt: I needed to study it before moving into action. It was late, dark and I was exhausted, so I decided to wait until the morning for the big moment. I didn’t want to compromise something that I had waited for so long to arrive.
I am glad I did. The sun was shining and the promise of a new day matched my excitement. Without hesitation, I opened the package. It was an incredible feeling to hold my book in my hands. Barb was there too, which made it more special.
Like a new parent who points out that their baby has ten fingers and ten toes, I said things like, “Look it’s the cover…and look, it’s the table of contents…, and the back cover, too.” After scanning the pages I flipped them like a deck of cards and even smelled them—they smelled like paper—it was a sensory experience.
The cover blew me away the most. It is striking in person, especially the tones of blue. E-books are convenient and portable, but they can’t beat the physical beauty of a hardcover book.
Last Sunday, my dad said he wanted to buy the first copy of Change with Confidence. I can’t wait to give it to him. Phil