We write a book.
But it's more than just writing.
into that book.
And if the stars and planets are aligned JUST RIGHT we might actually sell that book and get it published.
So then, one day, we are happy, like this:
And for awhile, we are busy with revisions and line-edits and cover joy and first-pass pages until one day, it's all done.
But the reality hits. One part is over. And another part is just beginning. The marketing and selling part. And as the date our book will be out in the world gets closer, we start to look more like this:
Many people who haven't been through the process of making a book don't understand this part. Why would you be anything less than happy? You have a book coming out. Your dream is coming true!! But, we worry. We worry about letting our publisher down, looking like a failure to others, bad reviews, no reviews, low sales, and on and on. Not only that, but we look around and see the successful books and we want our book to be LIKE THAT. So, combine worry with envy and you have a bad combination. It's authorly angst at its worst!
This is all normal, I suppose. But I've been thinking lately about how I see authors *respond* to this part of the process.
Some authors deal by talking about their books pretty much non-stop.
Some authors deal by becoming a marketing machine. They add more and more and more things to their plate, spending every spare minute on marketing.
Some authors deal by unplugging and disappearing from the internet completely, wanting to live in the world of Ignorance is Bliss.
Some plunge into a new book, finding solace there.
And still others deal by talking with others in the business who understand and can offer some perspective. Here I'm reminded of Sara Zarr's wisdom, which she shared with Cynthia Leitich Smith in THIS interview. "A book is a wonderful, miraculous thing. But in some sense, it's also just a book." It's often others in the business who can remind us that it's not the end of the world if a book doesn't perform the way we want it to, or hope it will.
I'm sure there are other ways I'm not thinking of at this moment.
I think I deal by understanding that there will be disappointments in this business. And there will also be surprises. We can't control what we get. And I really don't want to live in a state of miserable angst all the time - it's NOT FUN!! So, I do what I can do promotion-wise with somewhat of a plan, try to let the worry go, and I start back at the beginning, with this:
I write a book.
But I'm curious. Do you think there's a right way? Is there a wrong way? Or is it just understanding that everyone's different and everyone simply has to figure out what works for them?