Publication day arrived December 12, 2018. It was the moment I had anticipated for over a year and a half. The book was released in both paperback and Kindle formats just in time for Christmas.
It felt incredibly satisfying to search Amazon for the title and see the cover of The Disappearance of Millicent Hart: A Detective Scott McGregor Mystery pop up on the screen. I peeked at a behind-the-scenes graphic and saw that book sales had already begun!
I’m pretty sure my publisher purchased the first copy. (Thank you for all your hard work! I expect it took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to pull a first-time author through the process of getting out a debut novel.) The sales continued … and I probably know everyone who bought a copy the first few days. I suspect some people bought them just to stop my excited babbling.
“The publication of your first book only happens once,” my publisher insisted, and she treated me to a celebration lunch.
Then I went to my day job.