There are a ton of great things about this business. Things that never get old. A yes, when you were prepared for a no. Phone calls that make your heart break into a gallop. Gifts from the cover art angels in your inbox. A galley. Preorder buttons. Release day. Reviews that make a writer go all Sally Field on a reader…”You like me! Right now, like me!”
But some things are never easy. At least, not for me. Things like critiques (I don’t like being told I’m not perfect), putting myself out there at conferences (believe it or not, I am a little quiet in unfamiliar groups/settings), the dreaded self-promotion, and then there’s the hardest one of all: pressing send.
When you first start out, selling one book is the Holy Grail. Once you sign your name on the dotted line, you think you’ve made it. What they don’t tell you is that is simply the first time you’ll hop on that emotional roller coaster. Being a professional author means you’ll almost always have something you’re preparing to send or out on submission from here on in.
It doesn’t matter how many books I have (or have not) published, attaching a manuscript and sending it off into the world always feels a lot like watching a runaway baby carriage zig-zag across a busy highway.
I’ve got two babies out there playing in the traffic as I type this. What do I do to cope with the uncertainty? I consume a lot of Cheez-Its, sometimes snap at my saint of a husband, than I hunker down and start working on the next one.
No, it never gets easier, but the thrill of getting a ‘Yes!’ never gets old.
What about you? What scared you most about the publishing process?