On this, the eve of the release of my new book, I’m feeling all sorts of emotions. Even though THE SILENT GIRL is my 23rd published novel (when the heck did I write all those other books?) I’m feeling the same mingling of anticipation, anxiety, excitement, and yes, even a bit of dread, that I’ve felt with every book release before this. Will anyone buy it, or will it sit in untouched stacks in bookstores? Will readers like it? Will I face empty seats at my book signings?
Even long-time authors get the shakes.
The first week of release is always the scariest. It’s like a movie’s opening week — what happens that first week pretty much determines whether you’re considered a success or not. That’s why so many authors urge their readers to buy the book when it first comes out. If a book flops the first week, there’s no momentum to propel future sales. And everyone gets very, very depressed.
During these last few hours before the book goes on sale, anything’s possible. So I’m taking a deep breath, packing my suitcase for tour, and preparing myself for whatever happens next.
Oh, and I’m writing the next book. So I can go through this all over again.