I tend to be a realist when it comes to the publishing world, and I echo that on my blog (yanno, on the rare occasions when I bother to blog).
But I’ve shared the realities of –
Publication process expectations.
But some things have become easier for me now that a few books hit the shelves, so I thought I’d share some of those. (don’t get me wrong. I still consider myself a baby author)
ONE – I’m no longer afraid to ask my editor/agent stupid questions. I’m not a needy client or author by any means, but I’m not going to second-guess my need/want to chat with one of them when I have a question. I just had a fab chat w/ co-author Christa Desir and our editor at Pulse, Leisa Abrams (@batgirleditor) this morning, and now we’re FLYING through revisions.
TWO – ARCs are exciting instead of terrifying. I still remember when ARCs of THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU went out. I was terrified. I knew the book wasn’t done. I seriously sent my editor and agent this email about how I really thought I needed another round of edits, and they both assured me that most people who receive an ARC know they’re getting an uncorrected proof. The book does say UNCORRECTED PROOF on it. And yes, some people will leave a nasty review about the lack of editing in an UNCORRECTED PROOF, but whatever. I don’t care anymore. For good, or bad, or whatever, I’m excited to start sharing my story.
THREE – It’s easier to let my babies go. Once that book is released into the wild, it’s no longer my story. People who love my books will love them for reasons I never intended. People who hate them will hate them for different reasons than I expect. WHAT. EVER.
FOUR – Working on the next project is easier. Either it’ll work or it won’t work. If it works, YAY, if it doesn’t work, I move on.
FIVE – Blurbs. Yes, blurbs are easier. I still whine about them as much as I ever did, but they are easier. Promise.
SIX – Ignoring reviews. I STALKED the reviews of my first book. I was DEVASTATED when I got my first negative review of Night Sky because I was SO in love with Jameson that I edxpected everyone would be. Now I don’t really care. If someone tags me and says they loved my book, I’ll sometimes go look at what they loved. But I get tagged in negative reviews, and I just tell Facebook/Twitter/Instagram that I don’t want to see that review anymore. DONE.
I could also give you a list of things that haven’t changed, but for today, I’ll keep that list down to one very happy item. I’m still totally giddy when my book releases. I hope I always am. (I do still ride grocery shopping carts like when I was a kid). We now have a family thing we do when a book makes it into the wild – head to Barnes and Noble and take dorky pictures of ourselves with my book and then go eat pizza at Moose’s Tooth. It’s a pretty fab way to celebrate 🙂
What’s changed for you since your writing journey began?