Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Today, I am part of a book. The "Release Date" hold is gone from the Amazon page of Twentysomething Essays and Blah Blah Blah Biggest Longest Title In the Whole Freaking World, replaced by a shopping cart icon. It is an odd thing; it's not fully mine, and yet if you look at the copyright page, there I am.

It isn't real yet, I suppose. I was hugely thrilled over the galleys, largely because it was kind of like a book-sonogram: not born yet, but the heartbeat was truly there.

"Are you strangely bummed?" one of the other authors emailed me. Yes. Perhaps the chronic depression has something to do about it, and also the fact that we're writers and being perpetually morose is part of the job description. Then again, it could be the book birth postpartum. I should ask Tom Cruise about the proper vitamins.

We broke 6,000 on Amazon.com rankings today. Largely I'm terrified of the reader reviews, which I'm totally convinced will be like, "This book is outstanding except for the part by MARY BETH ELLIS, who SUCKS." It'll be like teacher evaluations on a global scale.

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Carrie said...

So far I've read the first one, yours, and half of the one after it. I like yours best. As I read it I can actually see your face as you are going through each experience. I can also relate to several of the situations. Better living through chemicals!

Congrats MB, may only good things come your way!

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Danny said...


You should know that the reason you have so many faithful readers has to do with the fact that YOU DO NOT SUCK!

Thanks for the humour.


MB said...

Aw, thanks, Carrie and Danny! Carrie, I can't believe you've started reading already-- I'm so glad you like it :)

Josh The Pilot said...

See, babe, people LOVE you! But I'll always love you more!

amy lou the reader said...

Congrats on the book, MB. It's on my wish list and I can't wait to read it!

mike, talking to a volleyball said...

As I said in the mini-review in the comments in the previous post, there are at least two essays that any fair reader will be far likelier to say SUCKS before they ever get around to yours.

MB said...

What would my poor self-esteem do without you guys? Thank you so much :)

ShannJ said...

Hey MB,
I'm about halfway through the book now - loved your essay! Great stuff, as usual! Congrats!!

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