Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nina Gets a Look at Outer Diverse

The universe is a very large place... But if you live in the Outer Diverse, like Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawke, it's even bigger... a lot bigger than she thinks, even... A lot bigger than I think...

I want to share my joy with you today...

I got my first look at Outer Diverse today when my publisher couriered me the proof. It arrived late this morning.

The door bell rang at 11 am and the courier handed me a package. I opened it and stared. The book was beautiful! I knew what it looked like; I'd been confering with the cover illustrator and designer, Costi Gurgu, for months. But I was still unprepared for the real thing. The raw power of the image and how it sat in my hands, soft and sleek and rich with colour.

For a writer, there's nothing quite like it -- seeing your book in its complete form for the first time, the tactile experience of seeing the fruits of your labor of love distilled into this wonderful package. It was a sensual delight that I embraced wholeheartedly. Like giving birth. It really is a lot like giving birth.

I should know. I've published five books. And given birth too. The similarities are, well, pretty similar... hehe... In every case, I felt an overwhelming sense of miraculous accomplishment with the help of very respected and competent individuals, not to say the least a divine hand. I still remember how, after laboring for many hours to deliver my son, I was overcome by such pure joy at seeing him revealed to me for the first time that I wanted 10 more just like him right then and there. As I looked upon the book cradled in my hands I felt the same kind of joy.

A writer writes because she has to. This lovely book in my hands was my reward.

Outer Diverse launches October 15th on Amazon, at Con*Cept and book stores near you. Outer Diverse will be carried by Bakka Phoenix Science Fiction Books in Toronto.

Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and internationally published author of novels, short stories and essays. She coaches writers and teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. For more about Nina’s coaching & workshops visit Visit for more about her writing.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

I can't begin to imagine the thrill it must be to see the completed novel in book form for the first time.

SF Girl said...

You're right, Jean-Luc... There's not much that beats that experience for a writer... :)

I'm very jazzed!

Anonymous said...

Very cool, Nina! Congratulations! We will look for your book in our local bookstore after October 15th!

Baby Brie

SF Girl said...

Thanks,Baby Brie!

CatMum said...

Hi Nina,

What a wonderful place the universal muse is. I can't wait to read your new publication and the unfolding of the Trilogy. I've recommended your coaching and website to a fiction writer I found though Twitter - who is following me. It's all about connecting like the stars in the sky.

SF Girl said...

Thanks, Catmum! It is a wonderful universe, indeed... full of surprises! Rhea Hawke, the main character in Outer Diverse, is in for quite a ride ... and so is the reader ... :)
Best Wishes,

CatMum said...

Absolutely stunning work by Costi Gurgu. I invite all Canadian residents to vote for him at the Auroras.

I would purchase the book merely on the artwork alone!! All of us know your outstanding work and to true devotion to your craft.

I'll be sleepless in Toronto until the launch What a ride it will be for you. Congrats and Bravo!

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Very cool, Nina! Congratulations! We will look for your book in our local bookstore after October 15th!

SF Girl said...

Awesome! If you can't find it, let me know and I will contact the publisher / bookstore / universe ... and make it so ... :)