"You don't understand, Drew. This is my first book. "Nervous" does not begin to describe how I feel about its reception.
I want the buzz to be good, but I don't want to be the one doing all the buzzing. Does that make any sense?"
Oh yes. Modesty is a nice quality for sure. You wouldn't believe the volume of self-promotional emails I get. Some of it very welcome and some of it oddly pushy..LOL.
I think with a completely original subject and making it through the review process of a respected (recent big hiccup aside!) university press, you should already be accorded a positive impression, albeit a sight unseen one.