This falls under the category of, “Oh, crap, it’s Wednesday and I forgot to blog.”
I came home from Dragon Con (Which was a blast, now that I am out of the dangerous overflow hotel and back home safe and sound) with piles of laundry, lots of un-done chores, a filthy house and no housekeeper—again. I promise I don’t kill and eat them and I am really nice to them. But they don’t stay long. Also there was a book to finish (for which I requested and received a 2 week extension, yesterday) and even more family health problems, but I digress. My point is this. Cons are wonderful and fun and exhausting and fun and did I say fun? (Waves to all the MWers we saw there!) FUN! But real life goes on around us and when we all get home (fans and writers of all kinds) life is still there, waiting, with a barbed fork to torture us with.
Yesterday, the first morning home from Dragon Con, I started the PR blitz and blog tour for Have Stakes Will Travel and Death’s Rival. HSWT, an e-book compilation, came out yesterday, along with a short story set in the anthology An Apple For The Creature, featuring Charlaine Harris. Just so you know, HSWT is a group of shorts and the first two chapters of Death’s Rival, and while it’s a book on its own, it is also PR for the novel due out on Oct 2. I was terrified yesterday. I was afraid to look at my numbers. Petrified, actually.
I keep asking myself, “Will the numbers be as good on Death’s Rival?” And to torture myself, yesterday I read the 3 one start reviews for Raven Cursed on Amazon. And then called David Coe and told him what I’d done. It was like a drunk going to bar, getting sloshed, and then calling for help to not drink. Dumb. But I couldn’t help myself. Seriously. Could not. To keep myself from imploding even more yesterday, I concentrated on PR. And I finally looked at my numbers.
They were…they were pretty good. HSWT has been as low (on Amazon paid) as 380, at 8 am this morning, and AAFTC has done even better. (The wind hitting your house is the huge sigh I released, BTW.) You might think that would be enough. Yet, I am still terrified. The book is out in 6 weeks. Six weeks for me to worry and second guess myself. I can’t do anything but worry and concentrate on PR.
My PR person, Adonna Pruette has put together something like 30 blogs and interviews and events for next 6 weeks, and has been pushing and cajoling me to *get them to me now!* for a month. The blitz started with a blog run by a guy I really like, Bryan Thomas Schmidt. If you are interested to take peek, here it is. http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2012/09/04/interview-deaths-rival-jane-yellowrock-100-qa-tour-of-faith-with-faith-hunter/. I have more this week. And that pesky deadline due soon. See what I mean about life going on?
And yet I lovelovelove my job! Love being a writer. Love doing all the things I’m doing, even the stuff that isn’t strictly being creative on the page. Love the PR and the releases and the family stress and illness that I have to help with, and love the support of my fellow MWers who help me get through. So. That’s the blog today. Part of the Life of a Writer. Panic and joy and delight and worry and creativity.