The purpose of the IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Publication JittersI brought out another book last month. That's always a perfect time to be insecure, since it then starts accumulating reviews and sales and...wait, that's not very many sales. And really, no one has reviewed it yet. Oh, no! What's wrong??!
See where I'm going here? Whatever happens after launch day, an author has the option of freaking out. A note from someone who found a typo or a bout of second-guessing your ending as you start on the next book can cause you (by which I mean "me") to assume that your career is over. What's more, everyone's going to know you're a fraud, and your big brother will laugh at you.
Wait. I think my author nerves have merged with the ones I developed to a fine pitch back in graduate school. Or is it just that whatever we do, and however well we do it, some part of our brains insists on freaking out?
Well, let it. I'm going to keep working on the next book and let this one go. That doesn't mean I'm not going to worry, mostly about my failure to leverage the launch in the most effective way possible. But I'm going to do that worrying while eating chocolate and writing another book.
Congratulations to Helen H. and LL M., winners of the Goodreads Giveaway for Death By Trombone.
Watch for the blog tour in April, with Death By Ice Cream on sale for 99 cents for the ebook--and another giveaway!