NEWPORT has been out in the world for a week now, and the last seven days have been busy. I won’t bore anyone with the details, but let’s just say that I was ridiculously optimistic (or totally naive) in thinking I’d be able to produce a viable blog post for today.
I’ve learned a lot this week:
- Family and friends who willingly traipse out to a book launch at 7:00 on a Wednesday evening can never, ever be appreciated enough. Their love and support is also the reason you were able to write a book in the first place.
- When people you don’t know come to your book launch, it allows you to believe that maybe the book will find an audience after all.
- Googling yourself every hour or so does not mean that new and wonderful search results will appear.
- No matter how many times you check Amazon, you will never understand the sales rankings.
- The second thing you want to say to people you meet is, “Will you please leave a good review for me on Amazon?”
- Some reviews are more about the reviewer than about the book itself.
- Even though the book is published, finished, a done deal… you will still find things you want to edit.
- Once the book has been released, there are even MORE ways to procrastinate over writing the new one.
- You never knew there were so many blogs out there dedicated to reading.
- It’s hard to get anything done when your fingers are crossed.
- You will take a deep breath, step away, and resolve to totally let go of this novel. You will do this again and again and again.
Clearly, I need to regain some perspective, here. And I will. I promise I will.
Right after I google myself again.