And now, a year later, I have two books out, a third one under contract, and lots of new experiences under my belt. Like promos, ads, editing, copy-editing, cover art... all the "stuff" that goes with publishing a book. Because it's not all about the story. It's about the hype surrounding the story. Writing the book is the easy part. It's what comes after that's hard.
Then there's the angst about your next one. Yes, you've sold one or more. But if they don't do well, you won't be able to sell another one and what if "they" don't like the next one? Or you want to try something different but your agent/editor doesn't like that idea, after all, you've sold under this genre, why mess with success?
Funny thing is, I know I'm not the only one who has these doubts. Authors who have been on best-seller lists have these same doubts. It's part and parcel of the business. So what do you do?
You keep writing. You keep submitting. You keep trying.
And someone somewhere will buy your work. And a year later, look where you'll be. :)
It's one heck of a roller coaster ride. But there's no better ride in the world to be on.
Progress - review book finished, review written and submitted
Birthdays: Theophile Gautier, DuBose Heyward, William Shawn, William Saroyan
Tips and Teasers: Finish the following, using: hanging tree, carburetor, teddy – Darkness fell, and with it my nerve…
Thought for the day: “Concentration is the secret to strength.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson