For most of us authors, it feels like it takes forever to get to that moment when you hold your first book in your hands. You write it. Quite often you rewrite it. And rewrite it again. And query. And... maybe eventually, you get an agent and/or a publisher.
And then it still takes quite a while. There are edits, covers to contend with, getting the pr train in motion...
Of course, life gets weird. You enter a whole new realm. You become an author and sometimes, you get to read books before they hit the shelves.
Back in September when I was on my way to Bouchercon I had a little light reading for the plane - a paper copy of a book that would be coming out in 2007. And I couldn't put it down. Reading on 8.5 x 11 drives me nuts sometimes. I think because at home I can't lie down in bed properly. Damn John Rickards, who gave me several uncomfortable hour in bed on my recent reading of The Darkness Inside but I couldn't put that book down (fantastic), and when evilkev's home it's too noisy to read anywhere else. What is it with men and the need to leave ten electronic gizmos going at the same time, even if they aren't in the same room? But I digress. Where were we? Ah, yes, 8.5 x 11. And on a plane it's an awkward size because you don't have a lot of room. But I flew through this one and upon my arrival in Milwaukee I wasn't feeling so great from lack of sleep, but that's another story.
Now, marks another surreal milestone - seeing works I've read in paper manuscript form become books. It's what we writers dream of.
But don't just take my opinion about the book. See what others have said:
Anne Frasier, USA Today Bestselling author of HUSH, PLAY DEAD, and PALE IMMORTAL
"LOST DOG is a heart-stopping, tightly-woven debut by a remarkable new crime-fiction writer."
Alafair Burke, author of Dead Connection
"Lost Dog is an excellent debut filled with suspense, surprises, and memorable characters. I predict we'll be hearing more from the talented Bill Cameron."
Congrats to Bill Cameron.