Like the first printing of Life As We Knew It, the cover is embossed, so the moon and the title and my name are raised, both on the front and on the spine.
The book is 308 pages long, and then when it's finished, there's a section from LAWKI- the part where the meteor hits the moon (the very section I read to those wonderful independent bookstore owners and managers who attended Kid Splash just a week ago).
I scanned like a maniac (and with the skill of a gorilla). Here's how the book looks (only much better in real life):
And just in case Janet Carlson, to whom the book is dedicated, should happen this way, I scanned the dedication page also.
I know I only wrote d&g less than eighteen months ago, and recently I found the manuscript with all my editor's notes, and her cover letter was dated sometime April, 2007. But I feel like I've been waiting forever for the dead & the gone to be real.
Now that I have my first copy, forever seems a lot more tangible. And I am very very happy.