Just got an email from my editor. Books are in! He's sending some copies to me today. I feel like an expectant father. Cigars for everyone!
UPDATE 3:01 PM:
Three books arrived and they still have that new book smell! I've only ever seen the book in pieces in a way - A PDF of the cover design, the book's pages printed out on regular computer paper, the galley with its non-descript cover - so this is a huge thrill. There, on the back of the book, next to a bio, is my smiling mug. The cover looks even better in real-life than it does on a computer screen and I can now picture it really standing out on a table of wedding books or on a shelf. If I were at home instead of in an office - where I'm doing another temporary freelance gig for a show for The History Channel - I'd be bouncing off the walls. Seeing as how I'm new here, however, and don't want to freak out my fellow cubicleians, I'll opt for the alternative of quiet, enthusiasm expressed on a blog.