I've known for a bit that galley copies (ARCs) of Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains had gone out, and I even saw a photo a friend took, of one on the Random House table at ALA.
But this morning I saw this tidbit (from the lovely Sara Lewis Holmes) and now I am rejoicing to see that the ARC is actually in the hands of a real live reader, (besides my mom), none other than Anamaria Anderson of Books Together!
This may not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but it is. Because here's the thing-- I didn't write the book to be published, I wrote the book to be READ. So far, I've had all manner of interesting experiences, but it has not been read.
This, the idea that I wrote a story, and now people will read it, and hopefully be entertained... THAT is the big brass ring for me.
Thank you Sara, and Anamaria!!!