Okay. I have rewritten the opening of this post a million times, unsure of where to begin. I’m sure it won’t come as any surprise when I say that life following the debut of my novel, GOOD THINGS (Berkley Books, Feb 2007), was anticlimactic. Every author tells you this: they wake up on the morning of only to discover that they still have the same bad hair and dirty laundry piling up in the hamper (if they even bothered to put it in the hamper). If you’re lucky, your family might put out a huge vase of roses and write a lovely congratulatory note (as mine did) and then proceed to ask you what’s for breakfast and what are we going to do today because yesterday was SO boring. And then you think, yeah, yesterday was boring, tomorrow may be boring, but today I rock the world — my book just came out!
I will admit that I did my fair share of ranting about what did or did not happen with my book, about the publicity or lack of publicity for my book, about the foreign or dramatic rights or lack of said rights, and that I had the occasional pity party because nobody seemed to love me, but the truth is I had finally, and officially, kicked off my writing career. The book was out there … forever! I was in the Library of Congress … forever! And in this new digital age, this post will probably be around … forever!
It was, and still is, a pretty heady feeling. And I am grateful.
I have just finished the manuscript for TABLE MANNERS (Berkley Books, Aug 2009) and after we get SWEET LIFE (Berkley Books, Sept 2008 – next month!!) out the gate, I am going to start on book #4. Can you believe it? One moment you’re praying that an agent will say yes, then you’re praying a publisher will say yes, and then … they say yes. And then you’re writing books and getting published and talking about deadlines and that your editor said this and your agent said that and somebody who’s friends with somebody who saw Jodi Picoult at Whole Foods thinks your book is great.
So for those of you who are published: let’s embrace and enjoy it. It’s a good life. And for those who are working towards publication: don’t give up. It only takes one “yes” for things to change forever. And for those of you who are reading this post because you’re excited about the release of SWEET LIFE and want to know what kind of fun things I have planned, here’s the 411: (1) I have an amazing gift basket giveaway going on (25 baskets valued at $80 each! Chocolate! Cookies! Signed books! Keepsake basket! No purchase necessary to win though I sure would appreciate it!), (2) I will be doing an exciting email campaign and blog tour on Sept 2nd that you won’t want to miss (sign up for my newsletter to get in on it), and (3) I have a website revamp planned with a few bells and whistles (look for an announcement in an upcoming News Flash). Other than that, it was great to come back to the Ball and I truly wish the current Debs and incoming Debs much success with their books!