Monday, June 8, 2015

Final Countdown!

So.... my book is being released one week from today. WHAOOOOOOO! June 15th, everyone!!! That day is a very big day, Pascal! Most of the time, I'm over the moon to FINALLY be starting this process. Kinda like this:


But then there's those OTHER days... 


THIS ^^ half of me is point two seconds away from storming the digital mine fields of Amazon and ripping back every single 0 and 1 making up my book, protecting my work like a mamma bear defending her cubs. Because, this thing that I wrote? PEOPLE WILL BE READING IT. 

O_O

*breathes into paper bag*

Okay, so realistically, I know that the handful of people who will be reading my book for the next little while are peeps who are likely to still love me no matter if I fall on my face or not. BUT STILL. It does kind of send the freak out vibes into motion, knowing that this precious piece of MY SOUL will be in the hands of blood-thirsty reviewers. 

Oh gosh. Where's that paper bag again??

For now, I think I'm going to put on my big girl panties and go listen to that Fight Song again. Maybe that'll give me the courage to go slay some dragons next Monday. In the meantime, any of you battle-hardened self pub authors wanna give a newbie some advice? I'm all ears!

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release!
I'm not self-publsihed, but I can offer this advice. First, enjoy your release day. You only get one first book. Second, keep doing thing to promote it for as long as you can and keep busy with that and writing another book. There is always a letdown period after a release, but if you keep busy, you'll never notice it.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I don't have any advice as a non-published author, but a lot of support! Gooooo Jules! I can't wait for release day!!!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh, I've been there...and it doesn't seem to get easier! I think it helps to focus on the book you're writing now, but that's easier said than done, especially when there are Amazon rankings to obsess over...

Julie Tuovi said...

Alex: great... now I'm worried that I'm too busy freaking out to actually ENJOY my one and only first release day! Haha! I need to find my happy place and throw a party or something...

Lauren: YOU'RE AMAZING!!! I LOVE YOU!!! Best BWFF ever. Just sayin'.

Stephanie: In my head, I have it all planned out... I'm going to totally ignore the ratings and concentrate on the next book.... HA!!! Oh man, if only it were that simple... *sigh*...

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Eeeeeek! So exciting (yet definitely scary) I get panicky just posting my reviews knowing someone will be reading them, and I mean, I used to hate teachers reading my essay because of the same thing, haha. Definitely go listen to Fight Song! :D

Rachel Pattinson said...

How exciting!! I was feeling the exact same way as you when I self-pubbed my book. I agree with everything Alex said - definitely try to enjoy the day (I used it as an excuse to go out for afternoon tea haha) and don't be too disappointed if you feel like it's not getting anywhere fast - I feel like it takes a lot more time and effort to self-publish a book than a traditional published one (definitely make sure you keep promoting it!!), but the journey is amazing :).

Julie Tuovi said...

Kristy: OH YEAH. I've definitely become more conscious of what I write in reviews for that EXACT reason! "Author" is no longer an inanimate person who may or may not actually have real feelings like a normal human being... THEY ARE SO REAL!!! Now I feel terrible for bad reviews I posted before I knew what bad reviews felt like!!

Rachel: I love that--afternoon tea!! And so far, I agree... the journey has been amazing. I can't wait to see where things go! It'll be an adventure, for sure!

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