The physical weight of the words is what captivated me most when I first held the advance copy from my publisher for final approval. The weightless words (is there such a thing truly?) have been contained within my mind and my electronic writing device for months. This being my first published book, I tried not to imagine holding the words, but rather to simply focus on writing and editing and (finally) sharing them.
When printed on paper and bound in a jacket, the inked words of TWTGNJ weigh in at 14.4 ounces.
It is quite exciting to actually hold the words… but also quite unnerving to fully realize that these words cannot be edited again. In the physical, analog, paperback form that now sits on my desk in front of me… the words have been shipped. The words are published. They have been written. And this adds more incalculable weight than the tangible ounces.
The pages are now available for you to write upon. I have already written, and now you can add your journey in the wide margins with a highlighter and pen.
The pages are now available for you to mark and fold and tear and spill your coffee upon.
The pages are now yours if you would like to consume them.
In regard to where you can buy the paperback, the publisher has made TWTGNJ available exclusively through the Amazon.com marketplace for the next few weeks. But eventually, we hope that you will begin finding the paperback for sale in other markets as well.
Locally, we have decided to host a public book signing in Downtown Salisbury in conjunction with our monthly 1st Saturday downtown music festival in the month of June. We will be set up near the corner of North Division St. and East Main St during the music festival event from 5-6pm. And we will have paperback copies of TWTGNJ for sale at a discounted rate. I hope you are able to hold the weight of these words in your hands soon.