Sometimes, anticipation is the best part about something. I love the weeks leading up to a holiday—the planning, packing, getting excited—isn’t that half the fun? Don’t get me wrong, sitting on a beach away from an office is plenty good on its own, but you get what I’m talking about, right?
Publishing is like that, too. Because there are so many things to anticipate in the publishing process. The Call, the cover, the ARCs, the reviews, the Finished Book, the LAUNCH. OH MY GOODNESS, I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT! (see? This is what I mean)
You’re SO excited to get that first cover mock-up.
But you’re terrified at the same time. What if it doesn’t represent the book and has zombies on it when your book is about a girl who hears ghosts? What if you hate it? What if everyone else (i.e. booksellers) hates it?
You love your book, your agent and editor love the book—you can’t wait for the world to read it!
But what if no one does? What if it doesn’t get into bookstores or gets overlooked by trade reviewers and it dies a slow, lonely death and no one notices except you and the people who took a chance on you?
Your book comes out and you are planning a HUGE launch party and signing. FINALLY, you get to share your book with friends and family!
But what if no one comes? Or there’s a terrible snowstorm and you’re stuck with the bookseller and a mountain of unsold books?
It’s time to think about selling another book and you have so many awesome ideas! You feel like you’re in a groove because your first book (which you love and your agent and editor love, see above) is so awesome and nothing can stop you! You WILL be a career author!
But what if your sales weren’t good enough for book one, or what if your sophomore effort just isn’t as awesome or timely or marketable as your first? What if no one wants your second book? Or your third, or your fourth…
But as I think about all these things (and more, trust me), I hold onto one thing: my dream of being a published author is coming true. Yes, there are many obstacles to realizing dream fulfillment perfection because so much of this process is beyond my control and nothing EVER works out the way I plan or expect, but remembering that I’m getting there goes a long way toward giving me a bit of peace. And, well, I just saw the first mock-up of my cover and it is so much more amazing than I ever could have anticipated. And no, there aren’t any zombies on it.