We drew three winners' names out of the hat tonight, and they are:
Winners, please send your full name and ship-to address to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can get these books out to you, and my thanks to everyone who participated.
Whatever people believe about the glam of being an author, it takes courage to publish the work. Popular opinion of your books can be entirely dependent on the kindness of strangers, and you know how that usually goes. It's supposed to get easier as the career rolls on, but I'm coming up on number thirty-four and jaded indifference has yet to descend and teflon me.
A debut novel is an amazing thing, though. It's the first time the dream turns real. You hold that book in your hands and seriously freak out, because it's not someone else's writing between the covers, it's yours. That feeling echoes with every book that follows, but like a first kiss, a debut is something that only happens once in a writer's career. It should be a magic moment.
One debut novel hitting the shelves today is Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. I can't say I've read a lot of novels in the same vein as The Devil Wears Prada -- I'm a Levis girl myself, and I'm still recovering from Manolo Blahnik pricetag shock -- but I checked out the opening chapter of the book, which was quite fun. And a novel about being the only girl member of an all-male secret society? Sign me up, boys.
Let's help welcome this debut with a giveaway. In comments to this post, list the name that you'd give your secret publishing society (I have dibs on Secret Publishing Society, Chapstick Chapter) by midnight EST on Wednesday, July 19, 2006. I'll pick three names at random from everyone who participates and send the winners an unsigned hardcover copy of Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. Giveaway open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.