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The absolute best part of having a book published is the attention. Maybe my ego needs to calm down, but I am over the top when someone tells me she/he liked my book, or when a review or article appears somewhere in print.
This chapter excerpt appeared in Provincetown Magazine last week. I chose the chapter and they did me the honor of gracing it with a great layout. I published 'The Light Stays On' myself: actually, I "created" a small publishing company which I playfully named Chihuahua Press. The book design and page layout came to life through the work and talent of my friend Bill Michalski, and I was blessed with the gift of an original painting for the cover by my incredible friend Valgal http://valgalart.blogspot.com/. In case you don't know, the painting is my partner jb's studio, located in our side yard. We call it The Magic Cottage.
I am responsible for promoting and publicizing the book, and I admit I've taken my good old time. I've been slow in finding the right momentum. But still, every book signing, every reading, every interview, every review and excerpt gives me a certain rush that is indescribable.
So please forgive me for tooting my own horn today. The truth is when I flipped the pages of Provincetown Magazine and saw this, I just couldn't help toot-tooting.