Today I received my first book review. I’ve been really looking forward to seeing the reviews and dreading them at the same time. It is the nature of the book business that no matter how great your book might be- there will be people who love it and people who don’t. It occurred to me that writing and publishing is a lot like young love.
1) When you are young you are convinced your crush will never like you. Hopefully, you get the guts up to at least approach the object of your desire.
When you start writing you are convinced no one will ever want to read anything you write. If you are the kind to stick with it- you sit down to at least try and write a book.
2) You get all dressed up for the school dance, perhaps an extra coating of Bonny Bell lip smacker, big hair and some Chic jeans. As soon as you get to the dance you realize how many other people there are who look as good- or gasp- better than you.
You finally finish a book. You are thinking you are destined for a literary award. Then you start talking and reading other debut authors and suddenly you realize- a lot of people are good. Scary good.
3) No matter how big you make your hair, no matter how much you flirt- obtaining the affection of your crush is outside of your control.
In writing you can write the best book you can, but the ultimate decision is up to the reader.
4) If you are nervous, with young love you can practice your kissing technique with a stuffed bear.
With writing you can practice with a critique group or partner. (the writing not the kissing- unless you have a really liberal writing group)
5) With young love you will find some of your crushes have crushes on you and some don’t even know you are alive.
With writing there will be those that love your book and those who didn’t get past page ten.
This debut year feels as nerve wracking and as exciting as first love. And my first review? It was as good as a first kiss.
“Cook’s debut novel seems destined to climb to the top of the bestseller
lists. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, and readers will immediately fall in love
with her style. This book reaches a new level of comedy with its hilarious
heroine, exhilarating plot and fresh new approach to this well-loved genre.” -Romantic Times