So ignore the angle from which that sounds creepy/unhealthy, and focus on what an apt comparison it can actually be.
|This book began life |
as a Microsoft Word document.
Seems like only yesterday.
Look how far it's come!
In this scenario, of course, authors are the parental figures. They've created something unique and precious that they want to protect and nurture...and hey, Honor Roll and varsity (*cough* starred review *cough* award with prize money *cough*) would be nice too. If I were allowed to give authors only one piece of advice that they were required to take to heart, it would be this: It's not about you, it's about the book.The worst authors are those who think first of themselves--their own feelings and expectations and wishes--rather than of what's really best for their books. A good author understands that a book is its own entity, existing separately from its creator despite the shared DNA. The things that help the book are not necessarily the things that help the author's ego. But when everything comes together, an author has every right to be proud.
|It's a dangerous world out there|
for a book.
Only the strong survive.
So while I'm not an actual parent (normal amounts of caffeine for me!), I am a proud godparent of many books and hope to have the privilege, along with the rest of the Lerner village, of ushering many more of them into the world.
|We take good care of our books here.|