And here come the butterflies . . .
Rest For The Wicked goes to my editor next week, after a final polish. Then it will go live – as an ebook and a paperback. A real book, one I can hold in my hands.
And now I need to take a deep breath – plus a few more. I would add in a shot of whiskey, if I drank.
I didn’t feel this nervous with my novella, or my (released this weekend) short. But this first novel has my stomach tied in knots.
The response from my beta readers has been – overwhelming. And I will admit, I cried a little over some of the positive comments. What was in my head ended up on the page – always a tough transition, though it does seem to get easier with practice. Loads of practice.
They also gave me wonderful ideas, and pointed critiques that have only made the story better, deeper, richer. I am so grateful for their feedback, and the friendships I am developing because of our exchanges.
So, my baby is going out in the world, after being nurtured and dressed up a nicely as I can make her. What will I do now?
Send her on her way, do what I can to chase away the butterflies in my stomach, and keep writing.
Thank you for letting me break out in a cold sweat. It has really helped.
How do you all deal with new book nerves? We can gather around and offer support, a much-needed laugh, a kind word.
Have yourselves a fab weekend, and until next time – write on.
Posted on March 30, 2012, in What's happening in the world of Cate and tagged beta readers, Cate Dean, ebook, novella, paperback, paranormal, Rest For The wicked, writer. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.