With the book that is not my book — but feels like it is

Every writer dreams of the day they’ll hold their book — a real, tangible thing — in their slick, excited palms. We peer at the typeface; run a finger over the shiny, beautiful cover. We probably don’t crack the story open because, you know — it’s too late for changes.

But we hold it. Admire it. Show it to friends, family, strangers in bookstores. We sign copies and send them to buddies.

And that’s where I am now.

Only it’s not my book.

It’s Michael Kardos’. One Last Good Time, a new collection of short stories set in a fictional Jersey beach town, was just released from Press 53 — and that’s my Ferris wheel on the cover.

When I received an email from Kevin, the publisher, about my Ferris wheel photo last fall, I was surprised — and excited. As with all opportunities that arrive via email, my initial reserve was up; you just never know with people. But it soon became obvious the offer was legit, and my photo — which Kevin found via a Flickr search (see, Flickr works!) — is now Michael’s cover photo.

Grinning like a fool, I tore open the package from Press 53 on Thursday morning and immediately slid a copy of the book into my purse. I’ve been carrying it around everywhere since, flashing my headshot and bio in the back when called upon. I asked Spencer to take a series of photos of me holding One Last Good Time, which is probably really narcissistic — but I was thrilled.

That photo is one of just three I shot last spring while walking into a mall. Out shopping with my boyfriend and mom, we parked near a carnival that travels through our town periodically on our way into JCPenney. The bright blue sky was what really captured my attention; I love finding “blank space,” as I mentioned in November. I took three pictures with my point-and-shoot camera, uploaded them and promptly went about my business. Kevin found the photo months later.

You never know where a random shot will lead you.

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30 responses to “With the book that is not my book — but feels like it is

  1. I’m so excited for you! You look adorable holding that book!!

  2. That is so fantastic – I am screaming for you here! Well done, lady! :)

  3. Wow, that is so cool. It almost makes me want to start carrying around my camera 24/7 just in case…

  4. I am so happy for you!!! I’m still sort of new to your blog, so it’s all big news to me. Wonderful picture, and yes you never know when perfect picture will present itself.

  5. That is so awesome! Congratulations!

  6. WOW! That’s so exciting! Congrats. I love the picture you took- the sky is beautiful!

  7. OMG
    What a superb honor! I love it!
    Congratulation sweet pea.
    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer gal.
    I hope this becomes a side business for you.

  8. kay

    Congrats Meg! That’s a great picture and a beautiful cover! :) You must be really proud! (as you should be! :-D)
    I can’t help but ask, will you be reading-reviewing-commenting the book?

    • Meg

      Thanks Kay! I’m not sure if I’ll actually review it — feels a bit like a conflict of interest, even if it’s only in my head — but I’m definitely going to read it and share my thoughts soon. :)

      • kay

        Oh I could understand why you wouldn’t exactly review it. I think I’d feel conflicted, too! But I would be too curious not to read it for sure! :)

  9. Congrats! That’s super cool and you look so happy holding it. Yay!

  10. That is awesome…the awesomest…way to go!!!

  11. Amy

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations, Meg! It’s a gorgeous cover – you have every right to be proud!

  13. Congrats!! That’s so awesome! I would totally call it “my book” as well, even if I didn’t write it. :) Your photos are always so beautiful I’m not even in the slightest surprised that it’s on a book cover. I’m sure it’s the first of many!

  14. Been waiting to see what happened with this! Congratulations, Meg, and it looks great. Wonderful photo.

  15. Brilliant!! That is so cool and you look so happy! Love hearing about stuff like this :)

  16. Katie

    Congrats on the cover shot! How very cool!


  17. Lovin’ that photo! Congrats!

  18. That’s so awesome, Meg! Congrats!

  19. Meg–what you and your readers need to know is that we must have looked at 3,000 Ferris wheel photos before we came across yours. I never knew there could be so many variations until I started looking. But we knew right away that your photo was the right one for the cover. I mean, look at it! Many, many thanks for your hankering to shop at JCPenney on a clear day.

  20. i’m SO happy for you! i was admiring the cover of the book in google reader before clicking through to your blog. imagine my surprise when i read on to find that the photo is yours!!! so exciting. :) great job, meggy!!!

  21. Wow. Congrats. That is so amazing to have one of your photos features on a book cover. I guess that shows that it pays to carry that camera with you and capture beauty, wherever you see it.

  22. Love it! I’m so excited that he found your beautiful photo…and what an awesome way to design a cover…using an awesome photographers work!

  23. Congrats Megan! Glad to see they followed through and sent you a copy, and that is a great photo.

  24. Margy Snider

    Congratulations! Love the picture, the sky is just like an October sky which is my favorite. So proud of you, you make my heart smile. Can’t wait to buy the book.

  25. Wow, that’s amazing…how exciting to have your picture used as a book cover! I have officially have a new fantasy for cool ways to leave my mark.

  26. congrats!!! i can’t wait to see you one day hold up a book that you wrote yourself!

  27. Congrats! That’s wonderful news. Take that book everywhere, take as many pics as you want, hold your head up high — you deserve it!