My Book Proof is In!

Clifton Book ProofDrum roll, please….


I got my book in the mail yesterday and held it in my hands for the first time. It was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t even take it out of the box for thirty minutes once I glimpsed the cover. I closed the box and went into my kids room to clean. Something about removing my book from the box made it all so real and I just wasn’t ready for it. Weird? Maybe so.

If you are working on your own novel, I would like to encourage you to keep working and never give up. Find a great critique group or review partner. Read tons of books on writing techniques. Edit, edit, and edit again, then after that, read your book out loud and edit it, then record it, play it back, and edit it some more. Send it off to those agents. Get rejected. Send it to some more. Get rejected more. Find an agent, self-pub your best work, just don’t ever give up.

There are no words for the feeling of holding the weight of your book in your hands. It is worth ever second of toiling and every pain of rejection. Be encouraged today that you can do it! If you are willing to put in the hard work it takes, you will make it.

Happy Writing!

My Book Proof is In!

22 thoughts on “My Book Proof is In!

    1. Debbie Johnson at is the cover artist. She also did the illustrations preceding each chapter. She is absolutely wonderful. Some of the illustrations are on her blog, so you can take a look. Just let her know I sent ya! What’s your book about? Age range? (I’m just curious) 🙂


  1. anthony farina says:

    The age is 6-13 years, originally it was a bed time story for my daughter. So I made her the princess in the story and named it ForeverVerse. Meaning love is as big as the universe and goes on forever, this way she knows how much I care for her. Any tips on promoting this kind of work?


    1. Sounds super cute! I haven’t been able to figure out the PB world yet. I’d say social media, the SCBWI, and lots of luck! Let me know how it all turns out. And thanks for stopping by!


  2. What an amazing success story. Congrats! I cannot say I watched the whole evolution before my eyes, but I did get to witness the tail end of Clifton going from a word doc to a printed work of art. This is great inspiration for fellow writers. I second Jaimie, join a critique group to work on your craft and get motivation. Seeing others reach the golden steps of El Dorado makes slinking back into one’s computer chair at daylight thirty easier to do!


    1. C- I love ya! I am so glad that you are running beside me on this journey, as I watch your publish your own work…and your own novel to come! Thanks for your awesome, unconditional support.


    1. Thank you, Nina! I appreciate your e-friendship and the great support you’ve given me. You are such a talented writer yourself. I feel blessed to be in such good company.


  3. Thank you! The cover artist did a fabulous job. I couldn’t be happier. I think we all could use some more writing time and a little less distractions. Best of luck, and thank you so much for stopping by!


      1. I’ve got the cash and would like to purchase a signed copy! Will you be at the SCBWI event this weekend? If not, please advise on how to get one one of your signed books:)


  4. Joni, you are too funny, I meant cash for the misspells. But, the book isn’t available until September 1st. I will be (God willing) at the Miami conference and have the book on sale there. Or Amazon, itunes and nook will carry it.
    Thanks for your support!!


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