How an Author Becomes an Astronaut

Nine years; 500,000 words; one dream; one week to go. The eighteen months since my agent, Sandra, sold my debut novel have passed much faster … and much more slowly … than I imagined. At times the days dragged out with unreal slowness. The time between the sale and publication seemed never-ending. Weeks passed without any word from my editor, and even though those weeks were a normal part of the publishing process, the stretches of silence weighed on my mind like the world on Atlas’s shoulders. At other times, I marveled at how fast the time flew by. I’d

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