Launching Darcy

birthMy first book was released on Tuesday. Boy, I never dreamed I’d type those words. How are things going? I have no idea, but I’m trusting my editor, Holly, who tells me “pretty good.”

I hear the launch party went well. I was physically there for the virtual party, but was so busy I wasn’t really sure how things were going. We met in a Panera: me, my husband and a dear friend who showed up to keep me calmed down. She played the role of “Dora, the maid” while Mike played the role of William from my book.  I played the role of “oh shit, oh shit, oh shit – what do I do now?” I ran three trivia games, so between frantically posting jpgs and finding my questions – I was in a fog.  Thankfully “Dora” stepped in often.  I was able to look back over it the next morning and got teary eyed at how many people showed up!  My brothers, my daughters, old friends and so many new faces. It’s probably a good thing I was so busy with trivia or I’d have turned into a sappy mushball and scared everyone away.

I haven’t seen my book yet. Friends and family have gotten it in paperback and have sent me photos. It looks lovely! I finally broke down and ordered myself a copy from online. I heard the publisher might not send me my copies for 6-8 weeks and there is no way I’m waiting that long!

In the meantime, I keep checking my ranking on Amazon.  It’s the only way I know to tell how it’s doing. I don’t get to see numbers or anything – just my ranking.  To my eyes, it looks dismal, but I trust Holly when she tells me “pretty good.”  For a few minutes I almost broke into the “Top 100” of time travel, but with Diana Gabaldon squatting on 19 of the top 20 spots – what chance do the rest of us have?  (Hey, she’s a great writer!)

Meanwhile – real life continues to provide a ‘light diversion.’ We’re planning a 2,000+ mile move – from the Ozarks to an island north of Seattle.  And though we’re still on track to do this next month, my husband’s schedule got pushed up to “now.” He’s flying around the house – packing up and doing home repairs before he heads out tomorrow.

It’s interesting how everything seems to happen at the same time!

I know I shouldn’t post a blog entry that’s so scattered, but right now I am in little bits and not whole at all. Happily, most of those bits are humbled and thankful and delighted at how well everything has gone and how wonderful everyone has been through the process and the birth of my first book.

And I get to do this all over again in May, minus the cross country move. It’s gonna be a breeze! I scoff at book birth labor pains!

Comments (6)

  1. Maite January 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Terri,

    I just wanted to tell you that today I finished Not Quite Darcy and that I have enjoyed it greatly. I couldn’t stop reading and I have neglected my social life until I finished it! Not that it took me long since I couldn’t stop reading it. I loved the characters, the descriptions of them and I felt so close to Eliza that I could feel her emotions through the book lines. I just loved it and I would like to congratulate you and above all, to thank you to have cheered my life with this book. I was looking forward to read more from you! I love reading and since I got myself a kindle my passion has increased widely and as a consequence I am always looking for new authors and new books. I love regency and of course Darcy so your book had all I wanted but your writing is really good and the plot just great! I am looking for a Lancaster and a York to see if I got a chance to travel through time into the Victorian era, not less!
    Hope to read a lot more from you!

    • terrimeeker January 11, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Maite – This note from you was the best part of my weekend. Thank you so much for taking the time to write! Your reaction to the story is exactly what I had hoped for and it means the world to me. I was especially happy to hear that you like Eliza. She can be a little wacky, I know. :)

      My next book will be out in May and takes place in a hospital near the front lines in France during WWI. I hope you like it as well. My favorite character in that one turned out to be a side character! I was so surprised by this! As far as Lancaster and York? I’m nearly finished with their latest adventure – which takes place in 1881 – but instead of England, they’re going to the wild west and Billy the Kid. When I see these two gentlemen again, I will tell them about you and see if they can’t arrange to send you back to Regency England. If any stray mirrors pop up, let me know!

      • Maite January 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm

        I will follow you up on Facebook so I will be update on these book launching dates so I can keep track on you :)

        I forgot to mention that to know your book Not Quite Darcy had well documented history background made your book more and more interesting. When reading regency I have always the doubt if the authors are accurate on the history information they provided, I always believe they normally do but never got it confirmed. But the end of your book it did confirm on this one and it was a pretty thing to say to be honest!

        I read a lot of WWI and WWII so surely you have now a new fan than will follow you through your books. Keep going and all the best of lucks for Not Quite Darcy and your future books!

        Of course if I find all of a sudden a mirron in front of me just like a sign that Lancaster and York may be up to me.. will let you know asap!!!!! :) :)

        Warm hug,

        • terrimeeker January 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm

          I’m excited that you like WWI. I feel that war is so neglected, but I suppose that’s because I live in the US where it’s not given much attention. I’m just beginning a round of edits on the story today (so I’m pretty excited). Yay for the fb follow! I gave away a lot of free stuff at my “Not Quite Darcy” launch so maybe you can win something for “Angel of the Somme.” Hope so. Thanks again for getting in touch. ((hugs))

  2. Trisha Brigden January 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, read you just recently on elysian fields and then followed your links to buy this book on Amazon. I thought this was a cracking read and just wanted to say thanks! Good luck with your future books but I just wanted you to know that your William is just perfect! Also see a copy of my Amazon review…
    Thoroughly enjoyed this! And Mr Darcy can take a running jump because the beautiful William just trumped him into a cocked hat! Thank you Terri, great book! Although I was hoping to review it in ‘5 words or less!’ 😉

    • terrimeeker January 28, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time to drop a note, Trisha! I’m so happy to hear that you like William. I know he’s not everyone’s cuppa, but I think the Cecily’s of the world just don’t know what they’re missing. :) Your support means a lot!

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