Tip of the Day: Don’t get lazy late in the summer (like me) and forget the sunscreen. Ouch.It’s easy to pretend like this whole book thing isn’t really happening when you’re busy writing and revising and editing and when you have tons of time from book contract to pub like me (2 ½ years total). But things are moving right on along. I’ve been done with all of my edits on Espressologist for awhile now. My copyedits have been sent back. Earlier in the month I got my flap copy (the stuff that goes on the front flap of the book and the back ad for the book) and I LOVE it. It is so cute and perfect and I’m excited to see it on a real cover. I haven’t seen the cover art yet but I know that is coming next. Last week I even found myself on Amazon! I think that is when it REALLY hit me. This is real and will REALLY be for sale out there in the world for everyone to purchase and read. Oh. My. God.
Of course this is a good thing. A great thing! A fantastic thing! I’m not sure why this is freaking me out now. I mean, I still have over a year until it actually is on sale (September 2009). But I’m starting to get nervous like I really need to buckle down and start figuring out marketing stuff and when/where I’ll do book signings (another OMG in itself!). It’s almost like I’m getting the author version of Mommy guilt. “Am I doing enough for little bookie? Does little bookie have nice enough clothes (Web site)? Will little bookie get picked on at the stores (bad placement)? Is little bookie signed up for enough activities (signings)?” (Note: I don’t really call my book "little bookie". I swear.)
And then Em’s post last week about characters resembling people in your real life. Yikes. One of my characters DOES have a couple of similarities to a family member. It didn’t even occur to me until this week. The character is totally NOT this family member but after reading Em’s post I started thinking, uh-oh. What if this family member thinks I based the character on them and that I’m making fun of them?! Argh. And it’s too late to change anything.
See? It’s almost like I’m finding things to freak out about. And I have over a year to go still. Am I totally weird? Did you other authors freak out for months and months before your first book came out?Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub