Publishing your first book is a very special occasion. What once may have been nothing more than a faint idea, something quietly lingering in the recesses of one’s mind, becomes a physical reality upon publication. Holding the first printed copy of your book is truly a wonderful experience — one that I’m sure even the most established authors never grow tired of having. That is why I think it is time we start celebrating these special occasions. It’s time that we start recognizing our books’ birthdays.
The idea of celebrating a book’s publication date is not new. This past summer, for instance, events took place all across the country, from Santa Cruz, California to Monroeville, Alabama, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Re-enactments of the famous courtroom scenes, readings by celebrities, and even the release of a fiftieth anniversary special hardcover edition by the book’s publisher HarperCollins, marked the occasion this classic rightfully deserves.
Even if your book never wins a Pulitzer or is not adapted into an Oscar-winning film, its very existence as a published work, even if only to a small group of readers, marks an occasion worthy of note. As such, I wish to highlight the four following books – all of which are currently celebrating their first birthdays. Each author was also kind enough to offer their thoughts on the publishing process and indicated whether they choose to publish further titles.
‘The Mundane (2004-2009)’ is the first book I have ever published but is actually the second book I have written.
I was extremely elated to receive the first copy of the book in the mail and was amazed at the overall print quality of the final product. It is a ‘dream come true’ to see one’s efforts finally manifest themselves into a physical reality.
I have plans to publish two more books in the very near future. The first is an edited version of the book I wrote prior to ‘The Mundane (2004-2009)’ and is a compilation of my genealogical research conducted over the course of the last ten years. The second book will be another portfolio compilation containing works from my current floral-based watercolor painting series. – Ken Powers
Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #1 Are Aliens Eating My Crackers?
Receiving my first copy of my book filled me with a heady, laugh-out-loud joy. I didn’t want to put it down; I kept looking at it, and picking it up to feel that it was real. Perhaps this term is overused in the vernacular of Young People, but it was, in a word, awesome.
I am preparing my manuscript now for ‘Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #2 Why Does My Monster Hate Me?’ – Evan Nichols
‘Pylon’ is my first published novel. The core of the story is based on events that happened in Cheshire in late 1965. As I was only a child of seven the characters depicted are based more on people I worked with rather than the actual participants in the events of that day. Still experience has pointed out to me that these same parallels exist throughout all working walks of life.
In truth I haven’t received a hard copy myself yet but the feeling when the first person to buy it calls you up and says ‘well done not bad for a first attempt’ is second to none.
I have another two projects that I have been working on over the years. They are larger and will take a while yet. – Ronnie Smart
Geothermal Heat Pumps
This is my first attempt at publishing a book.
It is amazing to see a physical product, the ‘book’ after spending so much time researching and writing the material.
At this stage I’m not considering another book, but you never know! – Stephen Ewings