You know that saying “Can’t see the trees for the forest”?
You had to read that again, didn’t you? I meant to turn it on it’s head. I feel like I’m on my head lately, and not because of too much yoga either. I’m launching my first full length novel in two weeks and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. The forest is too big and I’m having trouble navigating the maze of trees know as marketing and promotion.
Even with the help of the brilliant and talented Kelley Jefferson at Smut Book Junkie, I still find myself staring at my notebook and trying to figure out the next step. Am I forgetting something?
It’s like being at one of those races where the start and finish lines are very close to each other. From the start, you see the big FINISH and think, it’s only a few steps. The reality is that it’s several miles and thousands of steps until you can cross that line.
They say to “keep your eye on the prize”, but in my case, I need to look at where my next baby step is going to land. If I don’t, I might end up crying by the side of the road with a twisted ankle wondering why I started in the first place.
John Bingham says about marathon running, “The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” I need to remember that because there is no finish line when it comes to this writing career. A book launch is a starting line disguised as a finish line. You think it’s finally over, but really it’s just a new race. Once my baby launches, I’ll be like an overprotective parent tracking it to see how it’s doing. I’ll have to trust that all the preparation before the gun sounds will be enough.
Well, I have to go tighten my laces and get some more training in or I’ll never be ready for launch.
How do you keep your eyes on the prize without losing your footing? Advice and good juju are welcome and appreciated.