Along with being IWSG day, this is also the book birthday for my ninth book. I started in March 2015 and am now at nine.
Boggles the mind.
I know there are writers out there who are actually much faster than me, but I grew up as a writer when the only option was traditional publishing--and that meant IF you got a contract, you had one book a year max. (Good for publishers, not so much for authors). So, nine books in three and a half years is pretty freaking wild to me.
I'd love to say it's all wonderful and easy now. That I just float along dropping out books and everything is lovely....*BUZZ*. Nope.
This book should have been out months ago. But I just couldn't get my act together in terms of stress, doubt, fear (this was the final book in a trilogy--that was SCARY!). I am now in "Amazon jail" in that I can't do a pre-order for a year. I woke up this morning freaking out that either it didn't go out, the file was wrong, it came to life and ate all my readers....yeah, fear is never rational.
It appears to be the right file. I had it on pre-order which means a place holder is put up until the final file is live...unfortunately, no matter what you do, there's a chance the wrong file will be sent. In a way, I'm glad I can't do a pre-order for a year--those things are stressful!
Now, of course, I'm freaking out over whether my fans will like it. The betas and editors have--so there's hope. But bringing in that final book in a series is weird. Scary and weird.
So, if you need me, I'll be off being VERY insecure in my corner. Nope, it doesn't get easier--just weirder.
Have a great ISWG day!
Nine books in three and a half years is amazing to me, and not many authors can pull it off. Congrats!ReplyDelete
Do you find that pre-orders are a good way to do?
Thank you! I really don't know. It's handy so folks can "buy" it when they are thinking of it, but it adds a lot of stress and doesn't help your ranking when the book comes out. Even when I come out of Amazon jail next August, I might not do another pre-order.Delete
Fear is an ugly beast. Best to look it in the eye and tell it to hit the road. I also hear that holding a teddy bear helps too. Hang in there.ReplyDelete
Anna from elements of emaginette
I need a teddy bear! ;) Thanks :)Delete
Way to kick it into gear! That rocks--and I totally get the end of the series fear, but you've got this. Go get yourself some epic cheese and kick back.ReplyDelete
Thank you! That ending was hard! But someone I really respect told me I'd nailed the ending--made me feel so much better! Which is good because I'm ending another series now-LOL.Delete
Congrats on book 9.ReplyDelete
Wow, that's a lot of books. I've put out one in that same amount of time.ReplyDelete
Sorry about not having pre-orders. As you said though, the pressure is off now.
Thank you! I do feel relieved at not having that pre-order pressure ;). And the hourly checking of how many are there!Delete
But think of all the promo you can get done in that year; and the reader anticipation.ReplyDelete
I think I will be lucky to get three books published in my lifetime.
And I cut myself off--very true on the year, and you never know on how many more books you can get out--three might just be a small portion!Delete
Wow, that's a lot of books in a short time! Way to go!ReplyDelete