It won’t be long now
Disappearing in Plain Sight is due to come out near the beginning of March – I am waiting for Friesen Press to give me a definitive release date. Suffice to say, I am excited and nervous and wracked with various anxieties. The piece of art I created is about to leap into the world and I’m not sure how much dusting of souls it will do. It has certainly whisked over mine a few times.
With the actual release just around the corner – I’m finding it hard to believe I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You work and work for something and then you wait and wait for it to happen and all of a sudden it does. How will life after a book is out in the world differ from life before?
Here are a few things that I’m looking forward to. Being able to check sales stats (this could become a dread if there’s nothing to check – we’ll have to see how it goes), setting up all the Amazon author perks, getting out on Goodreads, giving copies of the book to friends and family who have been so supportive through this whole process. To say nothing of the joy I hope to feel, when I hold a hardcover copy of my novel in my hands, curl up in a big chair near the fire and read my book with absolutely no thought of changing anything.
Of course, more work hovers on the horizon. Having the book out means moving into the world of self-promotion – I did know that self-publishing would also entail self-promotion. I’ve read a lot of blogs and articles by authors who have published traditionally and they invariably write that they had to self-promote, too. We indie authors have lots of company.
I know balancing the work of promotion with the time needed to get the first draft of the next novel completed will be a challenge. Stephen King writes that the first draft should not take more than one season of dedicated effort to finish – drag it on past that one season and you risk losing momentum. This is a winter book (though not set in winter at all) so I have a bit of time left.
On the up side of balancing, a break can be as a good as a rest. It’s healthy and stimulating to switch gears sometimes.
Look for upcoming posts that will feature the book cover, exact news on the release date, as well as a series I am preparing on the finer details of book promo work.
(Oh to be as self-confident and as beautiful as Audrey Hepburn)