The first hardcover!

We're closing in on three weeks until publication day over here — January 12, for those of you keeping score at home — and there are little bits of fun, exciting things trickling in each week. But this is my favorite so far. Today I came home from work to find a package from my publisher, Crown, sent overnight from New York. You'll never guess what was inside. 

Oh, wait. You probably read the title of this blog post already.

Well, here we go: 

I geeked out a bit, naturally. Felicia recorded video of me opening it, which I'll keep to myself. I'd looked forward to opening it all day long, aware that my anticipation for it might undo my natural reaction to finally seeing this book, ready for the world after all these years. I got a bit emotional, I confess. 

Here's yours truly, holding Eleanor, just a few weeks from her big debut:

Gah!