AAA: Jill Hathaway, author of Slide: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Was Published

When I read Slide by Jill Hathaway late last year, I squealed in delight. I want to BE its heroine, Vee, and I fell in love with Jill’s writing instantly. Then I fell in love with Jill herself. Not only is Jill one of the first authors I ever spoke to, she’s also one of the nicest, and the post you’re about to read is only further proof. Jill’s many things: a teacher, a mother, a wife—and she’s a truly terrific writer. I’m so excited to her here today, talking about the five things she wished she knew before she was published, so there’s no use holding you up further! Ladies and gentlemen *drumroll*, JILL HATHWAY!

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Was Published

1. There is no way to “schedule” book-related things. There will always be last minute edits to complete and first pass pages that show up when you’re leaving on vacation. That’s just how it is. So just take a deep breath and relax. You might not finish that draft before the school year begins, but that’s totally okay. The world will keep on spinning.

2. Your reaction to reviews (good and bad) will depend on your mood. Try not to look at Goodreads when you’re already feeling down because that will surely be the day you get a scathing review, and it will hurt much more than if you’d read it when you were feeling good. Also, don’t read reviews on your birthday.

3. Bloggers are the coolest people in the business. They have so much passion for what they do, and they don’t get enough thanks for it. Even the people who don’t like your book rock for taking the time to read it and talk about it. And that’s what a debut novelist really needs–the publicity, good or bad. Because if people don’t know about your book, how will they know to look for it?

4. You might go to an event and sit there all day, smiling and telling people about your book, but they will just politely nod and walk away. And after four hours you might wonder if you’d have been better off just crawling into a hole with your laptop and writing 10 pages of your WiP. But then a girl will come up with her mom and be too shy to talk to you, and her mother will say she loved your book and just wanted to meet you. And that is the moment you’ve been waiting for since you first started putting words to paper.

5. The journey doesn’t end when your book is on the shelves. And it doesn’t get easier. You still have to put your butt in the chair and tap out those words, which you will mostly have to rewrite again and again until you’ve got something sorta good. Just accept that it won’t ever be a walk in the park. Not even if you’re Stephen King, I bet.


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An ENORMOUS thank you to Jill for her time and post today. If you haven’t read Slide, well, seriously? You’re missing out. If you have? Why not go show Jill some love!

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24 thoughts on “AAA: Jill Hathaway, author of Slide: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Was Published

    • Definitely. I absoltely ADORE comments – who doesn’t! It’s amazing how one, simple, meaningful comment on a blog post can make your day :) Thanks for following AAA!

  1. First of all, SORRY I haven’t been commenting lately on your blog, Sarah! I’ve been missing quite a few AAA posts and I’m definitely going to try and catch up with all the AMAZING posts I’ve missed!

    I absolutely love Jill’s guest post and also really enjoyed reading Slide! Me super duper can’t wait to read Impostor ;)

    Awesome post, Sarah! ♥ Thank you for sharing it with us!

    • Hey Celine! Not to worry, this only Sarah’s second interview :) It sure it a great post, glad to hear you enjoyed it! I really must get round to reading Slide, it looks great and I’ve only heard fabulous things :D

      Thanks for stopping by! :D

  2. I totally have this book but have yet to read it. I love these tips because I hope to be published one day. I think I fear the bad reviews the most, I know as a blogger to not take them persaonlly but I can only imagine how hard it is for you when someone not to like your work, your baby.

    • Thanks for your comment, Jennifer :) I’m Rebecca, the co-host and since Sarah is currently off and about, thought I’d reply to your comment.

      I totally get that. Your sending your book out into the world; you’ve spent hours on it, editing, writing and for someone to not like it, would have to be hard… Authors would already know this before going into the publishing biz and would have to prepare themsleves for it.

      Just a few months ago, an author on twitter tweeted about being upset over a negative review. She wasn’t slamming the reviewer only expressing that she was feeling a bit down. I had previously read her book and loved it and tweeted to her back, telling her not to worry, and to think of all the other readers who have enjoyed it and who are now eagerly anticipating the sequel. I think it’s very important to focus on good. There’s always going to be bad, but if you focus on the good things – a glowing review, an email from a fan – that’s what make’s it all worth it.

  3. Great post, Jill! I’m sure this is going to be helpful to all the aspiring authors out there–me included. :) And I totally agree that the reaction to reviews on our books depends on our mood. Based on experience, you should take criticism as a way to improve your writing, not as a personal insult to your book.

    Anyway, thanks for these tips! Great post, Sarah!

    • Hi, Meg! Sarah’s co-host, Rebecca, here :) So glad to hear you enjoyed this post! It’s great isn’t it! It’s like a mini guide that all aspiring authors should follow :)

  4. I love this interview. Jill sounds like such a lovely person. :-) I think she’s given some good advice to other authors. Don’t get too down on the bad reviews and cherish the good ones.

    I really enjoyed Slide and can’t wait to read Impostor! I’m going to be pre-ordering it. Big fan!

  5. Slide sounds like a great read. I’d never heard of it before, but it seems like something I would enjoy – I will be adding it to my TBR list! Great interview, Jill has some great tips!

  6. Awww, I love #4!! <3 So sweet and smile-inducing and the best possible way to brighten an authors day at an event like that. And uh... yes. I definitely think all authors should get the 'don't read reviews on your birthday' talk prior to publishing :P

    I LOVE this and I love getting to know these fabulous authors more and I NEED to read Slide already!!

  7. Blogger ARE the coolest people in the business! I’m not biased at all. ;) Aww I hope Jill didn’t read a negative review on her birthday! GR is probably best to avoid on special days for sure… unless it’s to see all the great 5-star reviews! :P

  8. Awww I love this! It always makes me so happy when bloggers are mentioned by awesome authors :)
    All of these are so cute, especially number 4 <3
    What an awesome post, Sarah! I’m LOVING AAA so far!!

    Oh and I NEED to read Slide as soon as possible, I’m hanging out for it!

  9. Number 4 almost bought tears to my eyes! I think people forget how hard authors have to work and there are events where no fans show up and that must be really hard, especially for debut authors!

  10. Awwwh. Number 4! <333 I can only IMAGINE how amazing it must feel to have someone so shy talk to you. I remember witnessing something similiar around Damian Dibben when I went with him to one of his events. This little girl's first question was, "when is the next book out?". I don't think I've ever seen someone's face light up quicker. <3

    and Number 3! <333 Bloggers ARE amazing <3

    Also, so is Jill! I, awkwardly now, still haven’t read Slide but after speaking to her and her so kindly sending me some bookmarks and just her being so kind, I IMMEDIATELY bought her book when it was released. It’ll be read soon but I just know that even if I don’t like it, I LOVE Jill and this will never change.
    Authors Rock <3

  11. I REMEMBER YOUR REVIEW OF SLIDE! It totally clicked in my mind when I saw this post… I think it was the first one I read of yours? ANYWAY.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I want to read Slide! Especially now that I’ve read this amazing post. #4 is pretty much the sweetest thing EVER.


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