I've got a confession, I'm a worrier. If something can go wrong I have already thought of ten other ways it can go even worse.
But, I'm trying to take my own words to heart (see prior post about pivoting ;)) and be more adaptable and not as freaked out.
I just released the Victorious Dead. Now, book releases are stressful and scare the crap out of me. This was book 6, so I doubt that is going to change. (Note: I need to build a reward into the process, to reinforce the good and change my reactions to these ;)--hmmmmm).
Anyway- so this one was extra stressful because I had it on pre-order (if you don't make your deadline, Amazon locks you in their jail for a year and your books are only fed food and water. It happened last year ;)). And I'm signing at Comic-Con International, San Diego NEXT THURSDAY.
I always underestimate the time it takes after the drafts are finished, but this was the closest I've ever cut it.
You don't have to order a print proof, but I'm old school and so I did from Createspace and Ingramspark (my two distributors for print). They both should have arrived yesterday.
Createspace couldn't track it and finally came back this morning saying, "Ooops- there was an error, you'll get the proof Friday." *buzz!* too late.
Ingramspark probably won't even respond until a few weeks from now and I can't track on their website.
Me: "OMG!! It's the end of the world! ARGH!!!"
Me pivoting: "Okay, worse case scenario- I order without print proofs. I really want to do the Comic-Con signing, but the world won't end if I can't."
Now, I know many authors do order without print. The online proofs are very good. But again, champion worrier here folks! However, I have just ordered some print copies. Without a print proof.
After six books, maybe I'm getting the hang of this thing (doubtful, but I remain optimistic ;)).