Check out this guest blog I wrote for PRA Publishing’s Poetry Matters project. Keep your eyes peeled for similar posts about the adventures of a first-time novelist.
Book Store Fantasies: On the Anticipation and Anxiety of Publishing My First Book—A Guest Post by Derek Berry
I press fingertips to book spines, dragging my palms against each title as I amble down the fiction aisle. The air inside the bookstore breathes Arctic chill, but among these paper lives, I don’t notice the cold. My fingers spark with ecstatic anticipation, and my chest burns like a furnace with pride. In less than a year, PRA will publish my first young adult novel. The Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County, a story about teenagers grappling with the aftermath of a hate crime while struggling to navigate the end of their high school careers, will appear in print alongside these other books.
Each time I return to the bookstore—a place a block away from where I live that sells new and used books, hosts readings, and employs friendly…
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