This is a funny state of affairs. It’s 10:30 p.m., Thursday night. I’m sitting in bed with my laptop not wanting to write this post. Not because I have an issue with the topic, but because I reeeally want to sleep. I was so relaxed, so ready to snuggle in with my cat and my dog and my novel, and then with a jolt, I remembered:
Oh my god, I haven’t written my Debutante Ball blog post!
This is my life as a debut novelist with a day-job, just eight weeks from launch: I’m forgetful, I’m fatigued, I’m distracted, I’m preoccupied. I’m not all here. Honestly, I don’t have any pearls of wisdom, tips or inspiration for you.
(And now we interrupt the writing of this post for a belly rub. Just another distraction in a day full of them.)
To continue, I can tell you how I’d like to proceed over the next eight weeks. I’d like to:
1. Remember to enjoy this process. I have only one first novel — I’d like to savor this time!
2. Make sure I’m exercising, eating healthy, and sleeping the best I can.
3. Not worry so much about how my spastic, over-eager attempts at self-promotion come across to folks on Facebook or Twitter or wherever. I think debut novelists are given a pass. I’ve decided to embrace my inner dork.
4. Start writing my guest blog posts now so I don’t have to write 10 in the space of two weeks.
5. Maintain a tiny semblance of a writing practice. I’ve set aside Saturday mornings to make forward progress. Forward progress on the actual writing is important to my overall wellbeing as a writer.
6. Do one or two half-baked self-promotional tasks that I’m not sure will lead to anything, but what the hell? I need some fun … Like, for example, KILMOON features an enigmatic, charismatic matchmaker with a dark past. Well, I just found out there’s an “intuitive” matchmaker right here in Portland. I’d love to talk to her! Also, I’m obsessed with having a signature cocktail. Don’t ask me why, but I want one that features whiskey, so I’m going to get my friends together to fix drinks. Silly stuff is good too.
7. Accept that I can’t do everything. The art and craft of self-promotion has a learning curve just like every new endeavor. Imagine how much better I’ll be for the second book!
8. Remember that any one task I do or don’t do isn’t going to make or break my novel’s sales or my writing career. Puh-leeze, which leads to … last but not least …
Now I get to sleep! —-> Hopefully as soundly as my cat.
Anything you can think of to add to my list?