What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Lessons Learned September 17, 2014

Today is the last day to preorder The Tethering! Dear Lord, I can’t believe I made it.

This has been one of the most stressful months of my life! And here are a few important lessons I learned.

When you tell people you wrote a book  that is going to be published, you’ll get, in my experience, some strange reactions.

Disinterest — “Oh. Well, did you hear that so-and-so had a baby.”

The listener wanting to join — “Oh really? I wrote a short story when I was four. It was about a mouse. I think I might rework it and have it published.”

The learner — “How did you find a publisher? Do you have an agent? Can you send them my book?”

The over excited one — “You’re going to be famous like Harry Potter!”

There is a lot of love, excitement, and general support, too. And I love all the reactions, but Harry Potter I am not. He’s a character not a writer.

Practical lessons — Next time, I am hiring a publicist to set up my blog tour. I am a well organized individual, but I have limits.

TweetDeck is a life saver — If your publisher wants you to send out three tweets a day about your preorder and have them be coherent, pre-schedule on TweetDeck. Then send out your normal tweets like a human for things like food and puppies.

Obsessively checking your sales numbers is fine… as long as your husband doesn’t catch you.

Have faith — Faith in your work, your readers, and your publisher. Everything will work out. Pulling all your hair out will only make the pictures from your book release party look funky.

And last — You can’t do it without the support of others. So, a huge thank you to everyone who reads my silly blog. A huge thank you to everyone who has ordered the book.  And the biggest thank you to everyone who believed in Jacob Evans before The Tethering found a publishing home!


2 Responses to “Lessons Learned”

  1. L. A. Cotton Says:

    Congratulations and good luck with the release!

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