I have to admit that over the last month, walking into a bookstore or library has been different. I've always felt at home in those places, like a warmly welcomed guest, but now there's a different sense of belonging. Others have read my book, people who take books from manuscript to a tangible item. Now I feel like I'm part of those shelves.
Mandy Hubbard told me that when I get my ARCs someday I will put them up on the shelf and stare at it. I can only imagine how I'll feel then.
So keep writing, my friends, the payoff of having a finished manuscript is hard to describe.
And don't forget to enter my contest, which closes tonight! Lots of good stuff: books, critiques, gift cards.