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Throwback Thursday: The Day I Saw My Published Book for the First Time

Updated: Mar 8

People often ask me how it feels to be a published author. More specifically, "What was your reaction when you saw your published book for the first time?"

Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm rarely at a loss for words. But on that day (September 14, 2021), I was practically speechless when my publisher called me in for what I naively thought was a routine visit to iron out final details and "take a few pictures."

In reality, it was to present me with a "hot off the presses" first copy of my published book, Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word.

No. I didn't cry.

Well, at least not while anyone was watching.

And no, I didn't run around the room excitedly like a kid in a candy store. I was rather proud of myself for keeping my composure on the outside. On the inside, I was dealing with a riot of emotions. In honor of Throwback Thursday, here's the video of the unveiling.

I mean ... how many times can one person say "wow" in such a short amount of time?


I mean ... wow!


How Can I Get My Hands on Write Like You Mean It?

I'm so glad you asked. I've been blessed with an outpouring of support and excitement for my published book. My goal is to continue getting the word out so that more people can master their passion for the written word and write like they mean it! This book is for writers of all experience levels, genres, and professional pursuits. Whether you’re a journalist, aspiring writer, or future novelist, this book is for you!

Just a few of the topics discussed in this book include:

  1. Overcoming your fear of writing

  2. What writer's block is trying to tell you

  3. How to become a successful freelancer

  4. Tips on how to write fiction and nonfiction

  5. How to be a better editor

  6. The art of quality storytelling

  7. How to get published

  8. And so much more ...

Want to read a few thought-provoking quotes from Write Like You Mean It? Click here.

Thank you to Brown Books Publishing Group for helping make my dream a reality.

Get your copy of my published book:

Thank you for reading!

STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This®, a writing and editing services company in Denton, TX. He is also the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice. 

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