Today we (my husband and I) have been celebrating the Advance Reader Copies of Beautiful Affliction that arrived from the US in a big brown box! We went to Hotel Dharmawangsa for dinner and while there in the beautiful garden, we took some pics to show you! I can barely believe it! Here I am, holding the first copies of my book!
So these are the galley proofs, or Advance Reader Copy, which are printed and shipped to magazines and authors, among others, for marketing and to hopefully gain some editorial reviews, or endorsements, or blurbs, as we call them. 🙂
Speaking of blurbs, I have to tell you, yesterday evening I got one that made me happy-dance like crazy! Also, it made me star-struck, since I have been hoping for this blurb (a lot) but I didn’t dare think that I would get it, as the person (the blurber, ha ha) has just released his #1 Billboard album and is super busy with the launch. But he wrote that he spent the week in his cabin, and read my book and then he sent me his wonderful endorsement! Are you curious who it is?
It is Paul Cardall, pianist and Steinway Artist, whose music I listened to when I was sick and especially before my open-heart surgeries, as his music is wonderfully soothing and helped calm my spirit. Not until after my surgeries did I learn that he too, struggled with heart disease and then his music became even more special to me. Paul’s story is breath-taking, he eventually became a heart transplant recipient and now he travels the world sharing his wonderful music. You’ve gotta listen to his Gracie’s Theme on youtube!
This is what Paul Cardall said about Beautiful Affliction:
“Lene Fogelberg’s inspiring memoir of life with a literal broken heart teaches us to recognize beauty amidst our own pain and suffering. Having also experienced complicated heart issues and a lifetime of surgeries I found myself reliving my own sacred experience.”
Paul Cardall, #1 Billboard Pianist & Steinway Artist
My goodness, his words bring tears to my eyes every time I read them. I am tremendously grateful and happy that he took the time to read and endorse my book.
Also, the ARC is the authors last chance to find and correct errors, which somehow have made it past editors, proofreaders and the author’s tired eyes. A friend here in Jakarta, helped me read and don’t you think he found two errors! But now I hope there will be no spelling errors left… I have done some minor editing, mostly concerning line breaks etc in the ARC. But I think I am as good as done!
The final version of the book will have a few of the wonderful endorsements on the cover, and also a “praise sheet” in the beginning of the book. But I will give away TWO signed Advance Reader Copies of Beautiful Affliction to TWO lucky winners among those who sign up for my newsletter! So spread the word, and sign up, if you want to see the two spelling errors in my book, he he.
Thanks for all your support and take care,