Today is the day. Innocent Labor is being released out into the world and I can finally stop losing my mind.
Yeah, right. Let the insanity begin!
Now it’s time to set up book blog tours and get ready for my book launch party. I’ve bought the postcards, stickers, swag to give away, fliers, and a couple tote bags.
Okay, I might have gone a little crazy. But it’s all for a reason and I call that reason marketing. There are some who might disagree. You don’t need all of that. Blah, blah, blah.
When someone has a baby or buys a new car, do they stop and think “Perhaps I shouldn’t go overboard?”
Hell, no they don’t. Innocent Labor is my baby. As many writers have done before me, I’ve put my heart and soul into it. I want my pictures, mementos, and goofy crap that doesn’t have any meaning to anyone else but me.
I’m at peace with it. I can act like an adult on the next one.
And now to the next step. The final read through before sending it to the publisher for publication. Once I hit send, there’s no going back.
“Dear God, please let everything be okay…”
No such luck. I found errors I swear hadn’t been there before. Missing words, stuff switched around in a sentence, sections that made me question WTH was I thinking.
At this point, Goblins are dancing around my head. Pointing and prodding at my every insecurity, their shrieks and maniacal laughter taunting me at every turn.
It’s devastating because I had my book professional edited, multiple times. But, like my publisher said everyone is human and mistakes happen. How many times have you read a book from a well-known author and caught an error? Things can get past even the most discerning eye.
Breathe, Monica, breathe. Wuuu Saaaa.
Thankfully, I’m able to list everything I found and send it to the person who formatted my book. She can submit the corrections and everything will be right in the universe once again.
I keep trying to remind myself to stay positive and focused. Don’t let my fears overwhelm my world.
Honestly, though at times like this it’s easier said than done.
Well, things are getting real. I know I’ve said it before, but now I’m talking to my publisher about release dates and pricing. And it’s awesome!
Of course, I’m a bit of an emotional basket case. I’m not going to lie, I’ve considered following in the footsteps of some of the literary greats and taking up alcoholism because I’m losing my mind (JK, I can’t handle the hangovers, I’m a sissy.)
Sylvia Plath quote
But, seriously anxiety attacks and mood swings have been part of my daily action plan whether I want it added to the list or not. Exercise, yoga poses, and stress eating haven’t helped at all. So I do what every other red-blooded, gung-ho driven writer does in a situation such as this, I ignore it all and keep pushing forward.
I’m researching book blog tours, purchasing marketing materials, and utilizing social media for blatant self-promotion like I learned in PR101. Do I think it’s enough to garner enough attention to generate a solid following of dedicated fans and boost sales?
I don’t know. I hope so.
Here’s what I do know, I’m releasing my book in the next couple of weeks and I’m freaking out!!!
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