For me, all the parts of the publication process are exciting (some parts are mixed with angst and/or despair, but exciting nevertheless) — the contract, the editorial letter, the copyediting, the proofreading, the arrival of ARCs. But nothing is more of a thrill than seeing bound books. They are real. They have a cover and chapter headings and a copyright notice. My words are on the pages.
They are something I created, and they’re going out into the world. What could be more exciting than that?