The Vices of Publishing A Novel, According to Jenni L. Walsh

This week, we’re talking vices. And, I gotta say, leave it to writers to put together a comprehensive list of ’em. I came across this very long list on WRITEWORLD. Naturally, I scrolled through to see which ones I’ve been known to exhibit, especially during my road to publication. Warning: it’s not pretty.

Addiction – Not on a drug, but to my work, for sure

Anger – With myself and with others. Uh huh.

Avarice – This one was new to me but it’s an unreasonably strong desire to obtain and keep money. What I make from book sales helps to support my family and we’re in the need of some cash flow at the moment so *raises hand* to this one

Crabbiness and Crankiness (I’m combining these) – I don’t get much sleep

Doubt – My book BECOMING BONNIE debuted a week ago, soooo not sure I need to elaborate too much on this one 🙂

Envy – I’d be a big fat liar if I didn’t wish I had the success of some other authors I know

Erratic – Did I mention I had a book release? My emotions are all over the place. My poor husband would certainly call me erratic at the moment.

Fearfulness – I mean, I’m going to get a bit redundant with the mention of BECOMING BONNIE having just released

Foolishness – Sometimes I can be quite naive, especially with expectations

Hastiness – Which on this list is defined as acting in a hurry because of lack of time. I have a 1yo and a 3yo. My “free time” is equivalent to an episode of Sofia the First or Curious George. Better believe I hurry, and send out a plethora of emails with typos that I cringe about afterward.

Hysteria – Book. Release.

Impatience. Yes, I have little patience

Irritability. Didn’t I already cover this with crabbiness and crankiness?

Photo credit: Patient Care Technician

I’m only at the I’s and this may be a good place to stop, especially before we get to Lunacy… or Self Pity, because I clearly have a lot of vices and have some work to do on myself. If you read Lynn’s post yesterday, she spoke about how she runs as an escape. I love that. Lynn’s pretty incredible. I think my escape should be sleep, asap. I have a few impending deadlines (for BEING BONNIE and my BRAVE LIKE ME SERIES), but then I plan to nap like a champ (while my 1 yo and 3 yo are napping). Hopefully the sleep will help with the crabbiness, crankiness, and irritability…


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Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years ​chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. BECOMING BONNIE (Tor Forge/Macmillan, 5/9/2017) is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. SIDE BY SIDE, telling Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree story, will be released in the summer of 2018. Please learn more about Jenni's books at