"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."~ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Let me start with a few highs:
My debut novella, THE DJINN'S DILEMMA, from Harlequin Nocturne comes out Nov. 1.WooHoo! Almost there!
And I love the cover.
The artist totally captured my story about a djinn-assassin,Rukh,who hunts in the shadows and then falls desperately in love with his human target. The only way to save Sarah is to find out who wants her dead and stop them before someone else finishes the job.
Also, the lightning is an integral part of the story! LOVE it!
I have read and written since childhood, and always wanted to be an author (okay, sometimes I wanted to be author/vet or lawyer or rockstar), so this first step in publication is a dream come true. I should be super excited...and a part of me is, but another part of me scared out of my mind. Eeeep! My story is coming out Nov. 1. Eeeeep!
Fear #1: I'm clueless about what to do beyond writing the story. Here's my sad tale: I didn't realize my novella is available for pre-order until a kind friend told me. Yikes! In this day and age, an author has to do so much more than just the write the story and I don't know what to do and if I'm doing enough.
Fear #2: No one (besides family, friends, editor & agent) is going to like my story.
Now, I have laughed out loud and cried as I wrote the story, and edited it and re-read it over and over to be sure I hadn't imagined it. I know The Djinn's Dilemma is a good story. But the fear niggles.
It hasn't helped that when I mention the story is paranormal erotic romance, I get the oddest reactions.
One man asked if I'd let my 6-year-old read the book. Um, no. I don't write for that age group, I write for adults.
Of course, I get THE LOOK, followed by "Oh, you write dirty books." In fact, one lady took it upon herself to shout it out at a party. Yeah, I was the center of attention.
The first time it happened, I was stunned. Now I respond, "No, I write sexy books. And yes, The Djinn's Dilemma has amazing sex between two consenting and committed adults who are racing against time & bad guys to stay alive."
Several wise author friends, who are further along the publication road, shared some wonderful advice:
1. Don't worry about things you can't control.
2. Don't obsess over sales #s on Amazon and other sites.
3. Don't read reviews & DO NOT answer reviews.
And they all gave me one big DO:
Any other do's and don'ts I should keep in mind?