Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IWSG: That second book

Welcome one and all to October's Insecure Writer's Support Group blog!  Once a month writers from across the land gather and shout our fears, hopes, and joys into the great abyss of cyberspace- join us!



Now, onto today's blog!

I just released my second book EVER this past week-end. It's so new the print version isn't even out yet. Wanna see what it will look like?

SQUUUUEEE!!!!

Like I said, this is my second published book, yet I am more excited really than the first one. Which, when I think about it, is kind of weird.

I've been writing for many, many, MANY years. I have the first books of three other series completed and edited (my editing- they will still need more work and more eyes ;)). But the point is--I have a lot of words under my belt. And the entire time, the thought of how awesome it would be to get that first published book in my hands, hung around every single book I wrote.

Yet, I am more excited to have this second book in my hands than my first. 

Don't get me wrong, I was still excited when that first proof came in. But there were so many stressors going on around the book that I was more focused on, "what's the next step?" rather than how awesome everything was.

This time the stressors were different, and in some ways they made me realize I need to enjoy all aspects of the things I do. Including the madness involved with getting a book out.

Whatever it is, I am really looking forward to holding that second book in my hands. I'm scared for it, all the fears and worries on sending forth a new creative endeavor are floating around my head, but I'm also really really excited. 

For you published folks--which book got to you more? For you soon-to-be published folks- what do you think you'll feel when you first hold that new book?  


37 comments:

  1. Congrats and I love the cover. Interesting question. I've published six and I'm not sure if one had a bigger impact. Each time was a mixture of relief, fear, excitement, and exhaustion. I'll have to really think about this ... there has to be one ...

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    1. Thank you on both counts :). OOOOO! Six! Okay, think about it and get back here, I'd love to see the differences you felt with each one- that is great! And congrats to you for some many books!

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  2. Congrats! I think it's entirely reasonable to be more excited about your second. There's an old saying that claims we all have one book in us, but only those with real talent and perseverance can get that second one out. :)

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    1. Thank you! LOL- I hope that old saying is right ;). (I will say a writer has to be really, really stubborn :))

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  3. The cover looks nice. I can see why you'd want to hold it in your hands.

    When your first book came out, you were probably overwhelmed by so many aspects of the publishing process you never had a chance to savor the print book. This time you will good luck!

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    1. Thank you. I almost want to print out a cover flat just so I can touch it! I think you're right, there were so many new aspects, the excitement got overwhelmed :).

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  4. I definitely enjoyed the process of #2 more than #1. That unknown element is gone with book 2, and you know better what to and not to do.

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    1. Exactly! I still feel the stress, but it's more like background noise this time around.

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  5. Congratulations, Marie! I love the cover. I hear you about the first book. So much to learn, so much to do. Maybe we need to hang a sign over our computers: Enjoy the Journey!

    Best wishes,
    Diane
    IWSG #94

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    1. Thank you! I agree- we need reminders about enjoying the process as much as the goal :).

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  6. Congrats on your new book! I think my first one got to me more, because it was really personal and included a lot of bits and pieces from my own life. But then . . . the second one seemed like a bigger triumph because it came completely "from scratch" with no real-life inspiration. Then the third one -- a little novella -- hit me pretty hard because I dove back into my own experiences for inspiration.

    So . . . I guess I can't really say that ANY of them got to me more than the others. I was a wreck every single time. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only wreck ;). It's a lot of joy mixed in with a heck of a lot of OMG!!! ;).

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  8. I'm very excited for you. The book looks awesome and to think this is just the first mile of the road. :-) Congrats.

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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    1. Thank you! May we all have very long and book filled roads :).

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  9. Congratulations, that's an awesome cover! I was really excited for my first book, but it seems like my second one (which comes out in November) is getting more attention already and taking more of my own attention.

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    1. Thank you! Hey, positive attention is a great thing! Good luck on your November release!

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  11. Congrats on the release! I think my first book would be super emotional for me just because so far it's taking so long to get done. Hopefully someday it will actually happen.

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    1. Thanks! You will get there! Never give up, never surrender! (yeah, borrowed from Galaxy Guest, but still a good saying ;))

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  12. Congrats on the new release! That's so exciting! I enjoyed the first one, and I'm looking forward to the second.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and hope you like the second one even more :).

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  13. My second book is coming out the end of this month and the excitement is somehow quieter this time around. That may be a function of my age, though. Who knows?

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    1. Hmmm, maybe it's just quieter because your subconscious is thinking, "Hey, we got this ;)" Good luck with your new release!

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  14. Your cover is gorgeous. I've only published one--a novella, which I self-published, so I was a mix of excitement and nervousness because I wasn't sure if I'd done the coding correctly.

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    1. Thank you! Yup, I think a lot of what blocked book one was the, "WHAT was I supposed to do again?"

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  15. In the spring I will put out book #3. I'm even more excited with this one!

    Lovely cover and title. Congratulations!

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    1. WOOT! Congrats on the impending book! And thank you :)

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  16. Its a great cover. And of course all the stressors are different; The first time is the hardest.

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  17. Congratulations, and that cover is just gorgeous! I'm just about to publish my second book, which will actually be my first paperback. So, I'll let you know!

    Visit my blog at www.angelinetrevena.co.uk/blog/

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    1. Thanks you and good luck on your book!

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  18. So excited for you! I love getting a book in my hands with my name on it.Makes it that much more real. Congratulations!

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  19. Thank you! I haven't gotten that proof yet, but I'm sure there will be squeeing when I do!

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