Sort of like having a baby, only a longer period of gestation and a much easier delivery.
My book is out at last! The Ninja Librarian is available from my Createspace store (https://www.createspace.com/3762567), and will be up on Amazon within days. It felt like it took forever. Not the writing--that took a couple of years, but was fun all the way. But fussing over the details, designing a cover, and then proofing over and over until I have some realistic hope that there aren't any embarrassing typos there. Then the longest wait of all, though it really only took three days: waiting for a proof to arrive.
Finally, I held it in my hand, a real book. Just a collection of fun stories for kids from 10 to 100, but it means a lot to me.
So while I was riding today it occurred to me that if making a book is like having a baby, there's a real key difference. No diapers. The NL is out there and ready to face the world on his own. Then it hit me that that's not really true. Want to sell the book? Blog about it. Hold a launch event. Send email to everyone you know.
Having this book might not be so different from another baby after all.