Which is amazing and wonderful, but also slightly (okay, very) terrifying.
When you’re two months away from your book launch, things you’ve always dreamed about start happening.
You confirm readings at your favorite bookstores.
You start seeing your book getting press in magazines you’ve read for years and years.
Reviews start trickling in.
You begin to think, OMG I MUST DO ALL THE THINGS!
This is where I’m at currently: feeling like I want to do everything I possibly can for Chasing the Sun, but fearing that I can’t possibly do it all. Grateful for my publisher’s support and the events being planned and the readers that are excited for my book, but hoping that I don’t manage to somehow screw things up.
(Us writers, we’re such an optimistic bunch, aren’t we?)
Luckily, we may be full of worries, but we’re never alone. When I expressed my promo woes to author Therese Walsh, whose second novel, The Moon Sisters, recently came out, she gave me this piece of advice:
“Set some limits for yourself. How many hours will you dedicate to this? What are your most important promo hoops? Jump through those first. ”
And then I tweeted/asked Jessica McCann, author of All Different Kinds of Free, how authors keep from getting overwhelmed by it all, and she recommended taking it all one step at a time. Slowing down. Breathing.
So that’s my new plan. Not: book as many events and blog posts as you can. Not: tweet every second of every day.
The book launch will flow more naturally if I’m taking the time to actually enjoy it, and I can’t do that if I don’t nurture my own sense of calm. Things that need to get done will get done. But things that don’t need to get done (like me freaking out about it all) will have to get pushed aside.
Wish me luck?