Lots of book-related things going on lately! The first wave of THE VEIL “Advance Review Copies” arrived at my house yesterday! There was much celebrating and crying (it was the first time I had ever seen my words in actual book-form—trippy, but extremely cool!) and then much printing of labels and cover letters as I packed the books back up again, this time in individual padded envelopes. I’m not going to lie—I seriously considered keeping them all for myself. But that would have meant disappointing all of the nice folks who requested a copy to review.
So today, I got over myself and lugged my precious cargo down to the Post Office. The totally deadpan Post Office Man did not seem like the chatty type, but he was surprisingly interested to know I was sending out review copies of a book (and, of course, relieved that I was not attempting to transport anything breakable or explosive).
Post Office Man: What kind of book is it?
Me: A fantasy book for teenagers.
Post Office Man: (Sighs deeply) Vampires?
Me: Nope, no vampires.
Post Office Man: (Brightens, noticeably) Oh! Well, good luck to you then!
Which got me thinking—what must Stephenie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) think about the current vampire-backlash? Irritated? Proud? A little bit of both? They say you haven’t really made it big until somebody starts mocking you; by that definition, the fact that post office employees are now cringing visibly at the thought of sending out more vampire books must mean she’s gotten about as big as she can possibly get. I doubt she’s sweating the backlash very much. (And just for the record, I love Stephenie Meyer. And vampire books!)
As I sit here now, with my review copies sent out, ready to crawl under my couch as soon as the reviews start coming in, I have to admit that getting popular enough to generate any sort of “backlash” sounds pretty good. Here’s hoping that one day in the future, a bright young author dropping off her own precious cargo at the post office will be told by a post office employee, “Please! No more of those Annorasi!”
My daughter, Sophie, hanging out in the box of THE VEIL review copies!