The shipment arrived yesterday, which was quite the surreal experience. Tom e-mailed me the picture above when the package arrived. I could feel my heart flutter and my stomach drop as I stared at the image.
I put a message on Facebook to let people know that the book is now available! The response was emotionally overwhelming. I was so touched that so many people placed orders. I was humbled at the number of people who bought several copies.
I stayed up until 12:30 a.m. to sign and package the first book orders. The climax of this long, publishing process hit today when the first several orders were mailed out.
With those first mailed packages, it is starting to sink in that there is nothing more I can do to the book. It is finished. It is out there. There is NO turning back.
I am terrified, absolutely terrified that people will hate it. When I confided my fear to some co-workers this morning, one remarked, "Haters gonna hate!" It cracked us all up. I've thought about it throughout the day though. It's true. I'm sure there will be some who will not like the book, and I can't do anything about that.
My fears and worry are not going to stop me. My hope for the book's impact is stronger, much stronger than any trepidation.
So, with a prayerful, hopeful spirit, I'm releasing the book to all of you and the children you will share it with. I hope it helps to open dialogue between children and you, their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, teachers, or counselors. I hope it creates opportunities for children to ask questions. Empowered by their new-found knowledge, it is my fervent hope that this will lead to your children being accepting and kind to their friends and family who have autism.
Thank you for helping to make this dream a possibility.