Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The End is in Sight--Almost
Instead, it's the end of my debut launch, a monthlong marathon I haven't been sure I would survive. There are still a couple of major hurdles until my Time of Trial falls on May 15, but I can see a tiny pinprick of daylight.
Roughly, here's how the numbers broke down:
Guest blogs and online interviews that have run: 25
Guest blogs and online interviews still to run: 10 (two not yet written)
Personal blogs of the shameless self-promotional variety: 25
Print-media interviews: two..maybe three, I can't remember now
Novels whose copyedits had to be completed in four days: one
Novels whose final galleys had to be completed in seven days: one (a different one)
Book signings: 8 down, 2 to go. Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia are done. Oregon and California, here I come.
Brand-new novels due to editor by May 15: One
Brand-new novels due to editor that aren't finished: Yep, that same one.
Which is why the slide to May 15 will be interesting. "Interesting" is one of those words, you know the ones. They can mean horrific things.
So many of the folks here at Southern Magic are far ahead of me in their publishing journey, and I can hear you saying, "Yeah, yeah. We can top that."
My author friend Roni Loren, who runs a brilliant blog called Fiction Groupie, recently had her own debut launch and I have to steal a bit from her here. She says that, like the stages of grief, there are five emotional stages of a book launch. You can read her full column here, but basically, they are:
WEEK 1: BOOK RELEASE EUPHORIA. It's out! I made it! Ain't I wonderful? I'm so special it amazes even me. I'm made up of awesome sauce!
WEEK 2: OBSESSION. OMG, have any new reviews showed up on Goodreads? Who is that person who said my book was a pile of crap? Can I ridicule her online? No, better take the high road. Let me check the Amazon rankings again. Can't Amazon get BookScan to update any faster?
WEEK 3: BURNOUT. Yeah, okay, people hate me. I suck. Why did the publisher even want me to begin with? Abject failure is imminent. Glad I still have a day job.
WEEK 4: EXHAUSTION and COCOONING. And here I am at almost a month after release. I don't want to go to the west coast. I want to stay home and sleep. I don't want to turn on my computer. I don't care if I have new reviews on Goodreads. I don't care about that May 15 deadline looming like the Eye of Sauron over my house of Mount Doom. Well, okay, I do care about that one. But Must. Nap. First.
5) FINDING BALANCE and REFOCUSING. I'm not there yet. But I will be. After May 15 and a long, long nap.
BIO: Novelist currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (urban fantasy, Tor Books) as Suzanne Johnson. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, author of the Penton Legacy (paranormal romance) and Collectors (romantic suspense) series from Montlake Romance. See my author website for more info!