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.
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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