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Tag: writer angst

On Book Reviews and Bad Behavior

So there’s been a lot of talk recently about reviewing books, the behavior of authors in relation to reviews, and the like. I was thinking about writing a long post about the reviewer/author relationship, and how we’re essentially co-workers, only reviewers don’t get paid to show up.

But then I was hanging out on Twitter, and Annie from From Top to Bottom Reviews referenced a Santino Hassel post about the subject, and after reading it, I feel I can safely say that he’s got me covered.

Santino’s post about the author/reviewer relationship.

If you’ve ever wondered about how to react to a situation with a reviewer or an author, I think this is pretty much it. I feel totally unnecessary in its presence.

Wilde Love Update

For anyone who’s interested, Wilde Love book two, Sins of the Father, has been sent off for editing. This means that I get to spend the next few weeks doing one of two things: emailing my editor every two minutes to ask what she thinks (Sorry Maddie, I’ll do my best not to!), or hiding in a closet and hoping for the best.

Okay, fine, there are other options. I’ve got plenty to do in my ‘day job’ for the next few weeks, which will keep me occupied. Also, I have three homework assignments left to do before I’m finished with college forever. And then believe me, there will be cheesecake.

Funnily enough, all I want to do is start book three. Strike up the Band, y’all. Jake’s story is coming.

My Ration of Anxiety

I know that every author has been through this moment.

Everything is done. The files are ready and waiting. All that’s left is the actual upload and release. As of next Monday, I will become a published author.

Yeah, yeah, it’s ‘only’ self publishing. Whatever. The point is that I’m putting my first novel out there to be judged and rated, but hopefully mostly enjoyed.

Every author I know has admitted to being nervous about putting their first book out for sale, and right now, nervous doesn’t really cover where I am. I’m going to spend my time between now and Monday wondering if this is actually a terrible idea. Then, I’m probably going to keep wondering that.

But I’ve dreamed of becoming a published author since I was a little kid, and at this point, nothing is going to stop me from pressing that button, short of being hit by a bus.

That’s it, I’m not leaving the house till Monday.

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

I promised myself I wasn’t going to name all of my posts after song titles again, and there I go anyway…

Having finished my first publication-intended novel about a week ago, I am in a state of limbo. I’ve contacted the cover artist I wanted, and she’s agreed to make my cover. I have a lovely editor who is currently working my words over with the green pen of doom. And I? I have half a dozen social media accounts and too much time on my hands. So before I go out and start posting political opinions that anyone could guess given my subject matter of choice, or even just singing loudly and off-key in public places, I’ve made a decision.

I’m going to start chapter one of the next book tonight. I have a plan. I have the characters. I have everything I need to have, in order to get started. So is all I’m waiting for some kind of validation that my novels are going to be successful? Well guess what, self? Not gonna happen. If I wait long enough to find out that book one is going to sell, I’m going to be behind the curve on book two. And even if book one does horribly, it doesn’t mean things won’t get better.

Besides, I want to know what happens next. And isn’t that one of the most important parts?

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