On sale now! What do I feel?

Sweet Salt Air by Barbara DelinskyFor starters, I feel like it’s about time!  I finished writing Sweet Salt Air a year ago, and though my publisher needed these months to publish the book well – and they have! – I feel like you all have waited forever.  On one hand, I want you hungry, so that you’ll race out and buy the book on the very first day it goes on sale.  On the other hand, I hope you haven’t been angry with me for making you wait so long.  So, a huge thanks for your patience.

What else am I feeling as my on-sale date finally arrives?  Exhausted!  In addition to working on my next book, I’ve spent the last six weeks writing blogs, updating my website, bugging my publisher about the video they’re producing, posting Facebook updates, answering Q&A after Q&A, some of which were long and in depth.  Occasionally, I wanted to tell an interviewer to check out my blog for a particular answer – only one does not do that.  Politely, patiently, one writes answers to question after question, being grateful for the opportunity to be heard.

I also feel relieved.  Sweet Salt Air actually did leave the warehouse and, as far as I know, has reached the stores.  Trust me, this is no small concern.  One year, UPS went on strike the day before my books were due to leave the warehouse via, you guessed it, UPS.  Another year, a new Harry Potter came out the same day as my book, so that, I swear, every other book in the universe sat in a storeroom until Potter-mania played out.

So Sweet Salt Air is really going on sale.  Now I’m starting to get nervous.  My book is my baby, and this is its public debut.  What if people don’t like it?  Yes, there have been some wonderful early media reviews, but many reviews appear only after the on-sale date.  Will they be good, bad, mixed?  Actually, there is one thing worse than a bad review.  That’s a review that gives away the whole story.  I just got one like that and am hiding it away so that it doesn’t spoil the book for the rest of you!

Mostly, though, right now I’m excited!  I love Sweet Salt Air and am dying to have you all read it.  It’s dedicated to a very special person in my life.  I just signed and sent a book for her, and I told her parents that if my book turns out even half as well as this special little person has, I’ll be thrilled.

How’s that for a teaser?


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  1. Sharon on June 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Just ordered the book – – I am sure it will be great, miss seeing you at the monthly Knit Nights at Iron Horse!

  2. Barbara Delinsky on June 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Sharon, I miss everyone there, too! Please say ‘hi’ to all for me! And thanks so much for buying the book. I hope you enjoy it! Barbara

  3. JaneAnn Clear on June 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Got it on my kindle soon as heard it was out. Plan on my birthday in couple weeks to do nothing but enjoy the book and let others take car e of me. Will send out review for sure. Love your stories always lookin for your next one, been reading you for many many years.

    Thanks for the joy

  4. Pat on June 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I just finished your latest book. I am a huge fan and I have read all of your books. I have a friend who has MS so I read this book with even more interest than usual. I thought the subplot of Julian’s reactions and the information about MS enhanced your story. I am anxiously awaiting your next book.

  5. Carolyn Elias on June 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Just finished new book and it was wonderful. I love the way u write. Hope for many more!

  6. Fifi on June 22, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I had to stop and think when I read my first BD book, Passions of Chelsea Kane, a dog-eared copy my eldest sis left behind after a visit, so that makes some twenty years that I’ve been a fan. So I was a little hesitant when I started reading, and then so relieved to immediately know this was another amazing story from my favorite author. I loved Charlotte and Nicole, and Leo — I loved how his character evolved and how he was constantly surprising each time we learned more about him. From start to finish it was a treat!

  7. Carol Blowers on June 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I have read Sweet Salt Air and have found it to be very enjoyable and great and can’t wait til you write another book.

    • Nitza Agam on October 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      I just finished Sweet Salt Air and my husband was diagnosed with MS at the age of 23. I remember going to his doctor and asking him about the prognosis and of course he could not give me any. It is almost fory years later and MS has disabled my husband in a wheelchair, but we live every minute with gratitude for what we can do. I so related to Julian since my husband forbade me to tell anyone about his MS untill he could no longer hide it. You captured the dilemma and the shame of living with MS as a couple so poignantly. (and realistically) I am glad I discovered you as a writer and could see myself and him in your book. I wish stem cell really was an option, however.

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