Less than one month after Straight Up and Dirty has been released, my publisher has ordered a second printing of the hardcover book! I’m new to all of this, so I didn’t know it was a big deal. My agents emailed using exclaimation points, so I took it as a positive sign. People keep asking me how the book is doing. What the hell do I know? They give me numbers, and I don’t really have anything to measure against. But when I heard they were doing a second edition, I realized it meant they had faith that the first edition would sell out. The Suitor, when I first signed my book contract with Regan, presented me with a gift, wrapped it and everything. It was a first edition, signed, copy of The Cider House Rules by John Irving. The thought that I will now have a second edition out there makes me a little giddy, like I need to go eat a plate of well-done onion rings.
One of the most important parts of my book, actually, is the acknowledgments page (which is hard to read without glancing at the last page of the final chapter). I didn’t remember to thank everyone I should’ve, which is a hard. I hope people understand and don’t take it personally. You’d be surprised actually. I’ve received phone calls from people I love who really didn’t understand the point of the acknowledgments page and felt neglected. They wanted me to thank anyone who has been important in my life, instead of thanking only those who were directly responsible for helping me with the actual book. For my next book (which I am LOVING writing), I’m keeping the acknowledgments shorter. You’d think thanking so many would work in your favor. I’m learning as I go.