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Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in Dear Diary | 29 comments


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I got my first proof copy of my book. The actual manuscript itself isn’t done in terms of revisions/editing, but I wanted to make sure the size I was planning on printing it at was good, and that I knew how to format the interior correctly and whatnot.

I may or may not have done a little happy dance when I opened it. Makeshift placeholder cover and all. (Spoiler alert: the incredible, beautiful, talented Cassie from Back to Her Roots is designing a cover for me! And already it’s AMAZING! Ahhhhh, excitement!!)

I didn’t want to get into too many of the nitty-gritty specifics here, so head on over to my writing blog if you’d like to read more about my thoughts on this proof copy, the process so far, and whatnot.

Also, for those of you who might have been wondering, it’ll be available in eBook format on Kindle, Nook, Google Play, Kobo (you know, in case you’re one of the 3 people I know that has a Kobo? Haha), and — hopefully — iBook (though I hear Apple’s standards for submission are very rigorous). The paperback version will be available as well, through Amazon as well as directly from CreateSpace (an Amazon subsidiary). And you will obviously be the first ones to know when it’s actually ready for publication and is released!

Thanks, as always, for your enthusiasm and encouragement (and generally just putting up with me talking about this nonstop, haha). You guys are the absolute best! We’re still on track for a mid-November release, so… eep!


  1. That is fantastic! You have been a busy girl.

  2. I am SO happy for you! I would be so thrilled to hold my own book in my hands.

  3. How exciting! P.S. Love the hoodie!

    • Thanks, Nicole! It’s UnderArmour!

  4. Yay yay yay!! But what the f is a kobo?

    • Lolololol. It’s an eReader! I hadn’t heard about it until fairly recently myself. Evidently more popular outside of the US?

      • It’s popular here in Canada. It’s the only e-reader that Chapters/Indigo sells. And Chapters/Indigo is our only bookstore.

        • Sigh, I miss Chapters. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will always remind me directly of Chapters and the hour I spent in line waiting to purchase it. šŸ™‚

  5. Very exciting stuff Gretchen, you should be beyond proud of yourself!!! Keep it up!!!!

  6. (A) Your hoodie is amazing.
    (B) I’m totally stealing that top photo and Photoshopping the cover in. Because yeah, I want to see it in “real life”.

    • Hahaha, well the book itself won’t be grey for long — that’s just the fakey cover I made up so I could get the proof printed. The real cover is being worked up now and already looks so awesome!

  7. That is SO awesome! Look how quickly you are making your dreams come true! YOUR NAME IS IN A BOOK!!! SO AMAZING! Can’t wait to keep hearing about how things go!

  8. I’m on chapter 13 šŸ™‚

  9. Congrats! That’s so exciting– I can’t wait to read it. I’m new to HLB blogs, but I was a YA book blogger in a former life šŸ™‚

    • Oof, that means you know what to compare it against! šŸ˜‰ Let’s hope I don’t disappoint! šŸ™‚

  10. Can’t wait to get a copy for my daughter (and of course I’ll have to read it too). It sounds like just her thing.

    Oh Oh and she could even do a book project (this year’s version of book reports) on it!

  11. congrats! HOW EXCITING!!!

  12. So exciting! Congratulations!

  13. Can’t wait to read it!


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