Happy New Year one and all! May the worst of next year be better than the best of last year.
This last week I’ve been celebrating the release of my new book, Blood Winter, the fourth and last my Horngate Witches series. I love this book. I do. I think it came together and finished out the series in a satisfying, action-packed, and compelling way. Part of me is absolutely sure about that. The other part, the 98% part, is totally worried that no one will like the book and it will bomb. This is fairly typical of most writers, from what I understand. Of course, we always feel like we are the unique and special snowflake slogging through the panic and joy of the new book release. It’s really exhausting. And invigorating.
I have a tendency to not celebrate the moment. I tend to move on to the next project, because, really, in any other job, that’s about what you do. And I’ve been working on other projects for quite some time, since I turned in the final draft and copy edits. So for me, the book was done months ago. Of course, there’s no celebrating then. Because there’s no solid object and it’s not in stores for everybody to read. Then it’s out, and there’s no big splashy party or really, at my house this year, not much at all. The day after Christmas is a day of leftovers and sleeping in and utter exhaustion. Though I did go up to one bookstore and sign stock.
I’m not sure what the point of this post is. I guess it’s a little bit of floundering. This is the part of publishing for writers that not a lot of writers talk about. That day of release when you aren’t quite sure what to do. I think I should probably do more to make a formal celebration in the future. Throw a little party, pop a bottle of champagne, escape from the children. I’m not certain. What would you suggest by way of a celebration?
And on a final note, I get to be here a little more often from now on. I’m excited! I’m wondering what sorts of topics you’d like to see me address. Anything at all?
If you’re of a mind to know more about Blood Winter, come to my website and read the first chapter. Enjoy!