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Sophomore Self-doubt

April 27th 2015

I’m self publishing my second book, The Lady in Blue, next week and I’m feeling (well, what I call) the sophomore self-doubt. This isn’t a new phenomenon. An author writes a first book and gets a great response, so they write another book and wonder — will people like this one, too? What if they don’t? And never read my work again? (cue: wailing)

I’d hate to disappoint my readers. I’m not naive. Not everyone is going to love, or even like, my work. (I’m no Hemingway.) But I’d feel awful if you loved GG&G and read The Lady in Blue and thought it was utter crap. That’s the kind of person I am. You tell me, “Your book is shit.” And I say, “I’m so sorry,” (That’s probably something I should explore in therapy) because I hate letting anyone down.

Truthfully, The Lady in Blue was harder to edit. I found myself unsure of last-minute fixes and additions. My editor expertly marked passages where I needed to explore feeeeeelings and I felt like I was being asked to deliver a presentation in Greek. How do I do that? I don’t know how to do that.

Anyway, I think the answer to the sophomore self-doubt is to publish another book. Which I am. In September. And I’m feeling super confident about this manuscript.

Anyone else experience self-doubt on your second book? (Say yes. Say yes.)

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Making it on my own

February 26th 2015

So, I have some news. I am going to self publish my novella, The Lady in Blue. Hot damn, I’m excited!

 

The Lady in Blue is a spin-off story to Grunge Gods and Graveyards, and is set in 1955. It is the story of Lana, a golden-haired beauty with Hollywood dreams, who is run off the road and left for dead. Right now, I’m doing revisions so that I can send it off to my beta readers in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’m lining up an editor (or trying to) and figuring out a release date. Hoping for June!

Self-publishing is exciting, but it’s also daunting, overwhelming, and confusing. There’s so much to learn. Formatting. Keywords. Kindle Unlimited. I’ve been on KBoards often, soaking up the knowledge that flows freely there. But it’s still scary to go out on your own. Wish me luck.

If you’d like to see The Lady in Blue’s cover before anyone else, please sign up for my mailing list. I’ll also send out an email when I have a firm release date planned.

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