Coming up to the publication of my second novel there’s 8 things I’d like to rant about.
‘The Healer’ will launch on 22nd January and I can’t wait – but then I am dreading it too.
When I was doing promotion for my debut ‘The Abandoned’ I thought maybe it would be my one and only novel. I threw my heart, soul and kitchen sink into the promotion for it. Other than offering someone a kidney, I did everything I could do to shout about ‘The Abandoned’ on social media. I know some people bought it to shut me the hell up.
‘The Healer’ is out soon (22nd January) and I am doing similar things, yet people are asking me ‘where’s your book promotion?’ Now either, I have gone off the boil, or social media sites are playing with their algorithms or I’ve become shy.
I know that haven’t become shy and I promise I am trying to promote ‘The Healer’, but I wonder I am not throwing my all into it this time. Is it because this is my second novel and I know there will be reviews and constant glances at amazon rankings?
I am afraid.
Then there is this weird, terrible-throbbing-impatience for it all to happen too. The book comes out on the 22nd and it’s only the f-ing 10th!!! Only the frigging 10th and I’ve already probably emailed the publisher’s publicist six times about when the pre-order will go up. I’m losing my mind waiting on ‘The Healer’ to be launched. Did I mention it’s coming out on the 22nd? (It’s miles away yet!)
Reviews. Sweet divine! I am not good with reading or writing reviews. I love to read and tell people about the sensational books I’ve read – but I loath writing reviews. Reviews I write, feel like school reports. No matter what I say in them, I sound like ‘could do better.’ Even if I love a book and I attempt to gush about it, I sound like Donald Trump – everything is GREAT. Pathetic efforts fall from me around reviews, yet we are told reviews sell books. (Well, not the reviews I write mate.) This whole rant makes me respect reviewers and bloggers all the more. The work they do for free is marvellous for us authors and I do feel bad that I cannot be a better reviewer myself.
Reviews also petrify me. Truly, they make me weak with worry.
Did I mention that I am impatient? I want my book to come out NOW. Like a child asking ‘are we nearly there yet?’ I am looking at the calendar again since I started this blog post and it is only the 10th Jan! How is that possible? When will the 22nd flipping get here?
I DON’T want my book to come out! What have I done? My novel is coming out on the 22nd. For the love of Mick it can’t come out. It needs another edit, another 20 pairs of eyes to proof-read for what feels like the 50th time. It can’t be made into a book yet. I am not ready. It might not be ready? I can’t think of the reviews. Advance readers are reading my novel that will be in the world soon. WHAT HAVE I DONE? STOP the press. Literally stop it.
Publicity about the book – What else can I do? No-one could give one frig about me or this book now could they? Why will they buy my little novel? How can I portray how much I loved writing ‘The Healer’? How can I promote something which to me is hard to explain? Months of emotion, tears and work cannot be condensed into a blog post. I’ve tried – as you can see.
‘Write about your writing process someone suggests and the joy of publication.’ Okey-doke, I’ll try that… this is what has come out. :/
Could I launch the book and tell everyone NOT to read it? Maybe that might be best? Yes, I have lost my marbles. This is what launching a book does to me.
Launching an ebook with some paperbacks available in local shops is a weird one. This time I am doing an online launch where people click to join the launch and click perhaps twice to buy the book. That’s a good idea? Isn’t it? This will happen on …. you’ve guessed the date (the 22nd Jan). It is an online launch. Please come. As this is rant 7. NO-BODY will show up to my online book launch and I will be chatting to a social media queen @tweetinggoddess all by my wee self! But gosh what if people do turn up? What will I say? Will I put people off buying the book? What if it is a total embarrassing flop?
Let’s not make a fuss about this book at all. Tell nobody about it and ask everyone NOT to read it. Yes, that might be best. I’ll do that.
What have I spent the last ages writing? I truly need my head examined. It’s just that I am afraid. The 22nd Jan will come and I want it too, but I don’t want it to either. Arghhhhhh
Please click on your invitation to join my online book launch… but then maybe don’t click on it either…