Sunday, July 15, 2012, will always be a very special day for me. It was that day that my very first book was published. After years of writing, mostly for myself, I finally sent a manuscript in to a publisher and was absolutely blown away when it was accepted for publication. At first I thought it must have been a mistake. But then the royalty advance check came and it felt a little more real. Then my manuscript started to work its way through the editorial process (let me tell you – that is a lot of work) and it became more real. Then the cover artist prepared a beautiful cover, and it became more real. And then I saw the finished book and it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Something I created was listed on Amazon.com and on the Barnes and Noble website. Complete strangers started reading my story and sent me positive feedback. July 15, 2012 will always be a special day for me.