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Galleys are Here

I got a copy of the galleys for Life from Scratch in time for the book event tomorrow in New York. The book isn’t slated to be released until December 1, 2010 (just in time for Christmas, hint hint), but Mediabistro chose it for its book club, and I’m doing a reading in New York tomorrow night.  The event is free, though you do need to RSVP.  And if you are not in the city, I will hopefully post pictures/video and such on the book site.

I wrote the book, so I obviously knew everything that was contained inside, but I still started sobbing when I saw the dedication line.  It was around the time that I wrote this post that I realized the right person to receive the dedication.  I walked downstairs and asked Josh if he minded if I dedicated the book to someone other than him — the obvious receptacle of all of my thanks.  But he understood completely, and agreed that there was clearly only one person who should receive the dedication.

My grandmum was alive when I got the first book deal and she even got to take a copy of my book around her nursing home and try to convince the other 90-year-old women that they needed a book about infertility (you know, just in case they were considering using donor eggs).  She died before I sold this book last spring, a book that would have been much more up her alley (she was a spicy lady, and she would have clapped through the sex scenes).  Every time I called her, she asked me if I had sold another book and she asked me when she was going to get her commission for being my cheerleader.

The book is dedicated to her.

Front of the galleys (the real book will look more polished.  These are just for review purposes)

Back of the galleys

Keeping all of you in my pocket during the reading tomorrow night.  I love it when the blackberry buzzes while I’m out.  It makes me feel as if one of you is just rubbing my leg for a moment to say “hello.”


1 Stimey { 08.16.10 at 9:30 am }

You’re awesome. It’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to buy it for me and all of my friends. 🙂

2 Rach { 08.16.10 at 9:32 am }

OoOoO how excited are you right now?!?

Is it being released in Australia at the same time or will I have to order it via Amazon and get it shipped over?

Good luck for tomorrow!


3 Kristin { 08.16.10 at 9:47 am }

OMG Mel…I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to read it.

4 loribeth { 08.16.10 at 10:02 am }

I have marked Dec. 1st in my datebook, so I’ll be sure to be watching for it! : )

5 LJ { 08.16.10 at 10:15 am }

That’s pretty freaking awesome. I can’t wait to read it!

6 Mrs. Gamgee { 08.16.10 at 10:21 am }

Woo Hoo! I can’t wait for it to be released! I will be making sure that my store has a bunch in stock… 🙂

Congrats Mel!

7 Quiet Dreams { 08.16.10 at 10:37 am }

I can’t wait to read it! I’m bursting with pride and I had absolutely nothing to do with this book, so I can’t even imagine how you must be feeling!

8 Meghan { 08.16.10 at 10:38 am }

Yeah you!!! Good luck tomorrow night! Can’t wait for the book

9 Amel { 08.16.10 at 10:45 am }

The book looks WONDERFUL!!!! AWESOMEEEE! 😀 😀 😀

10 luna { 08.16.10 at 10:46 am }

love love love the cover! and the back too. this is SO exciting. your grandmother is smiling down on you, and she’ll be with you tomorrow night too. consider this a virtual leg rubbing from me too.

11 Pie { 08.16.10 at 10:49 am }

Congrats, Mel! I am really looking forward to reading it – it’ll be on Kindle, right??

Good luck at your reading!

12 Kristi { 08.16.10 at 11:01 am }

Very cool the book looks amazing I can’t wait till December 1st.

13 Battynurse { 08.16.10 at 11:24 am }

That is so fantastic. Good luck at your reading, you will do awesome. I can’t wait to read the book myself.

14 Katie { 08.16.10 at 11:24 am }

The cover looks amazing. I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to read the book. 🙂

15 PaleMother { 08.16.10 at 11:43 am }

Yay, Mel!!

I wish I could be there!! The leg thing cracks me up. 🙂

The book looks awesome. Still love that bio pic.

16 Rachel { 08.16.10 at 11:43 am }

Very cool 🙂

Lori keeps telling me I should read the first, and after your comment the other day, I will. Thank you.

17 tash { 08.16.10 at 12:06 pm }

CONGRATS!! This just made my day!

18 Genevieve { 08.16.10 at 12:10 pm }

Congrats!!! Must get it!

19 Somewhat Ordinary { 08.16.10 at 12:25 pm }

That is gorgeous! I am super excited for December 1. I just read the excerpt online and can’t wait for more.

20 HereWeGoAJen { 08.16.10 at 1:02 pm }

It looks great! And now I know what all the spoon questions on Twitter were for.

21 Jendeis { 08.16.10 at 1:39 pm }

Congrats sweetie! I love the cover!!

22 My Bumpy Journey { 08.16.10 at 1:49 pm }

YEAH! I am so excited for you, and I can’t wait to buy copies!!!!!

23 Soosee { 08.16.10 at 1:51 pm }

Wow!! How exciting!! This is so awesome for you! Congrats!! xoxo

24 Vee { 08.16.10 at 3:13 pm }

Yay! I am very excited for you. That is fantastic!

25 Manapan { 08.16.10 at 4:11 pm }

Squee!!! I know something that will be on my Christmas list!

26 a { 08.16.10 at 4:41 pm }

Hurray! Book looks fantastic. I hope your reading goes really well, and I know everyone will love your book!

27 Kristen { 08.16.10 at 5:15 pm }

How awesome is it to see your name on the front cover?!?! I’ll confess its always been a dream of mine.

What a wonderful achievement – congrats!!!

28 Melissa G. { 08.16.10 at 5:39 pm }

Mel, I I truly loved the excerpt from the website, and sincerely hope that you’re planning a stop in San Francisco at some point during your book tour.

Congratulations – can’t wait to read more!

29 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.16.10 at 6:57 pm }

Oh, Mel. I’m crying and tingling and so so so so happy for you. Wish I could be there in person tomorrow night, but I’ll settle for the back pocket and some later pix.

Congrats to you!!!!

30 Lorin { 08.16.10 at 7:31 pm }

Yay! I would love to come to a SF area reading (we have lovely indies in the East Bay – may I suggest Books, Inc?)

31 Lynn { 08.17.10 at 7:43 am }

I’m so happy for you, Mel! I hope tonight goes fantastic for you 😀 Wish I could be there for the reading, but, alas, I will have to settle for having the book at the top of my Christmas Wish List 😀

32 Kir { 08.17.10 at 12:43 pm }

WOW….just WOW….so well deserved , I cannot wait to buy it for every single woman in my life..and say things like “I Know the Author” I Hugged the Author!!!!!

have fun at the reading, I am still trying to get there, but I’ll be with you no matter what…..in spirit.

the book is gorgeous and so are you.

33 Dora { 08.17.10 at 4:34 pm }

Behind in my reading. It’s gorgeous!!! Love it. Can’t wait to buy a copy. 🙂

34 jill { 08.17.10 at 5:09 pm }

Woohoo! Love the cover! 🙂

35 jodifur { 08.18.10 at 8:45 pm }

oh Melissa the book is beautiful. And I’m buying a “real” copy, not on my e-reader, because I want you to sign it.

Mazel Tov!

36 Infertility Doula { 08.19.10 at 9:39 am }

It looks awesome! Love the cover. Best of luck with the book and you know each one of us here will purchase it.

37 Cherish { 08.19.10 at 2:29 pm }

So awesome!

38 Anla { 08.19.10 at 4:54 pm }

This is so exciting, I can’t wait to read it one day in the future.

39 Bea { 08.19.10 at 6:48 pm }

Ooh! You mean it gets more polished than that? That looks pretty spiffy already!

Great idea on the dedication. Bless your Grandma for her work in the nursing home with your book on infertility.


40 Shelli { 08.23.10 at 2:56 pm }

I missed so much while I was on vacation. First BlogHer and this exciting news too! Can’t wait to read it.

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