I had a great visit yesterday with my Canadian publicist at Raincoast. I got the full tour, including the book warehouse. I knew already that there are so many hundreds of thousands of books published each year—but knowing that, and seeing it, smelling the paper, watching boxes of books moved by forklift, is quite different. I wanted to share this picture of the distribution warehouse with my writer friends. Let it be a reminder both that we are in good and plentiful company, and that any success is to be celebrated on this long road from the spark of an initial idea to the actual object of a book.