My prolific friend David Blatner started a tradition in the office we once shared. Whenever he published a new book (which is still pretty often) and received his first author copy, he’d bring it around to someone else’s desk and say, “It’s a book!”
Now that I’ve published dozens of books myself, I still do the same thing when that first copy arrives—like today’s delivery of my iPad Pocket Guide! It’s really quite satisfying to have the fruit of a lot of hard work arrive as a tangible thing.
(I’m not contrasting that with digital books, by the way. Receiving the first final PDF of my Take Control of Your iPhone Apps book made me giddy, too.)