“What’s it like to be done?”
“How does it feel to have a book out?”
“Does it seem ‘real’ to you yet?”
It’s hard to know how to respond. I don’t feel all that different. Perhaps because there have been many milestones to react to along the way: the contract, hitting “send” on the first draft, getting the typeset PDF, receiving the bound copies of the book.
Life is like that, no? There are a few big Before and After moments in our lives: Birth. Death. Marriage. Graduation. But most major transitions (even those I just listed) come over time, with lots of decisions, hard work and course corrections. Life changes are more like Burma Shave signs, with several small markers that make up a single complete statement. The book has been like that. That dynamic helps to distribute the emotional impact over time. I’ve been getting used to the idea of being “done” for a while now.
In our family, we like to celebrate the big events, usually by going out to dinner. (Then there’s the nights we’re so beat we can’t even open a can of soup. Also commemorated by going out to dinner.) Writing a book has had many out-to-dinner moments.