Well, after months of planning, promoting, pushing the book to friends, influences, and media, the day has finally arrived: my novel is officially born into the world! It’s exciting but also a bit troubling: Why happens now? Will people buy it? Will they like it?
I don’t know and will just have to see. I have no control over those questions, which is what make me so anxious. It’s the waiting that is hard.
In the meantime, my plan is to keep my head down, keep
- Hustling: peddling my book to bookstores and libraries
- Reading and signing: doing public events around the city, state, and country to meet readers
- Talking: mention my book to strangers and acquaintances, even though I know some of them are sick of hearing about it :p
- Promoting my book through social media, advertising if possible, and getting reviews.
Those are the things I can control.
If you’ve read this far, please consider buying my book. I would prefer you buy it from me (I’ll send a signed copy!), or ask for it at your local, independent bookstore (find yours through Indie Bound).