Pre-Release Day Panic . . .
It’s like waiting to hear the results from a series of job interviews.
You’ve done your best. You’ve put yourself out there. You’ve flashed your resume credentials, given your references, talked a good talk with your professional face on. Your support system is behind you cheering, bolstering your confidence. But it boils down to one final point that you have absolutely no control over, no way to second guess:
Will they like me? Will they really, really like me?
It’s like showing your new baby to a room full of strangers.
You think your baby is the most beautiful child ever created. You’ve pampered it throughout the gestation stages: through morning sickness (Do I really have to get up at 5:00 a.m…), through swollen ankles (where to cut that bloated prose?), basked in the joy of watching it grow from tiny seed to able to survive on its own, through the agony of childbirth (waiting to hear from agent/editor…) And finally it arrives . . . and the public has its first look.
Please don’t let them say my baby is ugly!
Not everyone is going to have a place for what you have to offer no matter how good your skill set is. Not everyone sees beauty through the same eyes.
So you wait and try not to worry, try not to dwell on worse case scenarios. You philosophically tell yourself it is what it is, it’s too late to change anything.
While I wait, I’ve decided to think like a political candidate…win or lose, I’m having a party.
Tomorrow, BOUND BY MOONLIGHT, the fourth book in my dark paranormal By Moonlight series arrives in stores and ready for electronic download. To take my mind off reviews, I’m celebrating not only my new book, but the entire series to date. I’m sending you on a four-day, book-by-book scavenger hunt starting tomorrow with MASKED BY MOONLIGHT. How well do you remember what you’ve read? How fast can you thumb to find a reference? How good a guesser are you? Each day, I’ll post four multiple choice questions on the Contest page from the categories “He said/She said,” “Accessories make the Man/Woman,” “You Look Marvelous,” “Always the Bridesmaid-secondary characters,” “Places, Everyone,” or “Scene of the Crime” that relate to the book of the day. A participant will be chosen at random each day to win a BOUND BY MOONLIGHT book thong:
And on August 2, a grand prize winner will be picked from those who have played each day . . . to win a Kindle (or Amazon gift card).
To tease you, I’ve got a book excerpt posted on http://paranormalityuniverse.blogspot.com/.
Also, exciting news: 788 Goodreads members signed up for a chance to win a copy of BOUND BY MOONLIGHT. Ten winners were chosen and are posted on Goodreads.
Check back tomorrow for all sorts of fun ways to help me celebrate Release Day…and to keep my mind off the wait.