Happy New Year! Here’s a new book!


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!


11 comments to Happy New Year! Here’s a new book!

  • sagablessed

    Pacing. And dialogue. And when you are going on tour.

  • Deb S

    Congratulations on the new book! I haven’t gotten to the Horngate series yet, but I read and like the first 2 Crosspointe books. In fact, I loved the opening lines of The Cipher.

  • Megan B.

    Congrats! I suppose celebrating doesn’t come so naturally when you’ve already had a bunch of books released. But you should have a nice dinner or something, perhaps. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It sounds like you are not doing a release party. Maybe you could do a post sometime about the importance (or unimportance) of release parties in the electronic age? I’m curious how much a local release party really affects sales. It seems like it would be a lot of work, and I wonder if it’s worth it.

  • Congratulations on having another baby out there!

  • Gypsyharper

    Yay, new book! My husband is reading our copy right now – I have one more book from the library due soon, plus two books to read for book club meetings by mid-January and THEN I get to read it. Very excited!

    It will be nice to see you around here more, too!

  • Yay! I loved the first 2 Horngate books. I am behind on 3 and 4. MUST get caught up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I used to celebrate each new book with a party or a dinner or something. I admit that after a while, I lost that celebratory excitement, which is totally sad. With the last two books, there were life-issues and I just didn’t celebrate anything. So I want you to celebrate for me, Di. LOL

    Dinner, a bottle of wine, maybe a good movie.

    Megan B, I never noted any measurable increase of sales from parties except in the one local store involved and then only for a short time. My experience is mine alone, of course. Others may differ.

  • Happy new year, Diana! Looking forward to reading BLOOD WINTER! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am drawing a huge blank on topic suggestions. Maybe a little something on villains, and how to make the villains seem like good guys enough before they stab the main character in the back?

  • sagablessed: tour? ack! well I try to get out here and there, but an actual tour is unlikely at this point.

    Deb S: Thank you! I love that line too.

    Megan: I’m with Faith on this one. A release party doesn’t do much as far as sales. It’s more celebratory than not. I think I’d love to do something like that with other authors releasing at the same time so it’s really a good party, though. Of course, bigger-named authors might have more of a boom with a release party, and also they may do it more for the fans to try to make it a cool experience for them.

    Lyn: Thank you!

    Gypsyharper: I hope your husband and you both enjoy! And thank you!

    Faith: I know all about not being caught up. I got into a bind when I put most of my books into storage. Now I don’t dare buy some books because I know I have at least some of them in storage, but I have no list. I am going to have to catch up on a lot of stuff, just as soon as I can unpack and get sorted out.

    Isn’t it odd that the celebratory excitement fades? And sad. I think I’m more excited when I finish the first one that I send to my editor. I’m on pins and needles then too, but I think that’s the most exciting time.

    Laura: Yay! That’s a good topic. I’ll endeavor to answer.

  • Vyton

    Congratulations on Blood Winter. Great success with it. You should reward yourself for every such achievement.

  • Congratulations on the new book! I think you (and me, and probably most of us) should do more to celebrate our successes. I’m thinking of making that one of my New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you can celebrate by giving yourself some time to read a new book–or reread a book that inspired you to write in the first place. Of course, reading while eating/drinking some of your favorite foods and beverages makes it even better ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year, everyone! I’m ready to go to bed, being old and boring, but the 3 year old and the 6 year old are still going strong, so looks like I’ll be up a while longer.

  • Vyton: Thank you!

    SiSi: that’s not a bad plan. It seems like I should pre-schedule or plan it so that when the time comes, I don’t let it go past thoughtlessly.