You know that feeling you used to get before Christmas or birthdays when you were a kid? (If you’re lucky, you still get it now!) That anticipation and excitement mixed in with a faint sense of anxiety – what if Santa doesn’t bring me Barbie’s townhouse?
My book, a Harlequin SuperRomance called Cassie’s Grand Plan, comes out this week. Tuesday, 6 March, to be precise. (In North America, not Australia, just by the way.) And I have to say my feelings at the moment are very similar to those days of looking forward to presents and the parties you’ve invited most of the class to – with a slightly stronger edge of that “will anyone come?” nervousness...
And I know exactly why. Reviews.
Having done a lot of writing in the corporate world for many years, I’m very used to seeing my work dissected, changed, scribbled over, and “corrected”. (Why do so many senior managers come over all “high school English teacher” when faced with a press release?)
In my fiction writing I’ve survived the process of critique partners – most of whom have been wonderful and generous, but an occasional few have left claw marks on my psyche.
I’ve also survived the process of actually getting published. There is nothing quite like receiving your first set of line edits from your editor. My very first reaction was a very girlie, gaspy, gut-wrenching O. M. G. Followed by, “Why did they buy it if there was this much wrong with it??” And then, after taking a little time out to get over myself, I knuckled down and figured out what needed to be done and saw that what I was actually doing was polishing my book into something even better.
But I don’t think I’m fully prepared for reviews.
I have no idea how I’m going to react when someone does, inevitably, post some less-than-kind words somewhere on the internet. I’ve had the strange thought that now my book has actually made it into print, perhaps there’s no need for anything further to happen. Perhaps it doesn’t need to go on shelves, or into mailing envelopes. Is it enough that it just exists? Or does it need to be read by others in order to truly be an achievement?
I’ve had a couple of early reviews that have, thankfully been positive. And I know there are enough lovely people out there (my MRWG colleagues included!) who will say nice things and be as excited for me as it is possible to be.
But I can’t help the nerves. Or is it excitement? A bit of both, I think...
To celebrate the release of Cassie’s Grand Plan there is lots of promotion going on. There are two ways you can win a couple of awesome prizes.
First, you can follow my blog tour and leave comments on my guest blog posts. The tour starts on Monday 5 March at the SuperRomance Authors Blog (http://www.superauthors.com/). So check out all the information there.
Second, you can take a photo of yourself with my book and send it in to me for the chance to win a $100 Amazon voucher. Check out my blog post about the competition for more information. http://emmiedark.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/cassie-photo-bomb-comp.html