Friday, March 14, 2008

Don't worry, be happy!

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You wait and wait and wait for that BIG sale. And then, when it happens, you start to realize there a million things to worry about that you never thought of.

Can I revise the way my editor wants me to?

Will I like the cover?

Will people like the book?

Will reviewers like the book?

Will it sell?

Will it sell well?

And if it doesn't, what can I do to help that?

I could easily add ten more things to the list, but I'll stop there.

I've been fortunate in that most of the worrisome questions on the list have ended up with a positive answer this time around. Reviews have been very positive. It's selling well, and in fact, has already went into a second printing. I even learned this week we had our first foreign rights sale. It's going to be translated and sold in Poland!

But about the point where I breathed a sign of relief about all of that, a new set of worries appeared. About the next book. Mostly I wondered, will there BE a next book?

I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME is a very unique book. And I think that's a good thing. But as the author, it's also difficult because when people say, please write more books just like this, I secretly go - okay, I'll try, but I don't know if I can!

Fortunately, I had already started another novel-in-verse before I started getting e-mails telling me they wanted "more books just like this." Otherwise, I may have gotten too caught up in trying to have all of the elements from the first book in the second book, and I don't think that's necessarily what people mean when they say that. I think people just want a good story. Okay - more than that. Something that touches their heart so strongly, that the next day, they're still thinking about the book. I think sometimes we get too caught up in worrying about plot points and character traits, and forget that crucial element. The book has gotta have heart.

So, this past week, I got the news that I've sold that second verse novel, tentatively titled FAR FROM YOU!! Yes, I'm extremely excited! And I hope my editor and I can create a fabulous book that people will love, love, LOVE.

Still, when I should be happy and dancing with joy, can you guess what I'm doing now?

Can I revise the way my editor wants me to?

Will I like the cover?

Will people like the book?

Here we go again - wheeeeeeee!!!

~Lisa, Miss Pinch Me I'm Pubbed


Ghost Girl (aka, Mary Ann) said...

Congratulations, Lisa! That's tremendous! And I was just have the same worries, though I have no contract yet. Two books out with publishers and wondering, "Can I write another one?" It's finally coming together, but all this waiting is making me crazy!

Good luck with your second baby!

Emily Marshall said...

Lisa, I'm still so excited for you and I have every confidence in you that everything will turn out positively again. But I know, it's really hard not to worry.

Kate Fall said...

I hope it helps that you've worked with your editor before. Maybe it's like having kids and the second one isn't twice as much work ... but maybe not. You'll have to let us know.

Rhonda Helms said...

I'm in the same spot as you--just contracted, hoping I do everything just right. ROFL. So good luck to both of us, and SUPER CONGRATS to you on the 2nd book deal--YAYYYYYYY!!

Kristina Springer said...

Lots of great news! Congrats on the new book again and the Polish rights to I heart you-- whoo hoo!

DeenaML said...

I can't wait to see your new cover, too! HARD cover! Woo hoo!

Lisa Schroeder said...

Thanks everyone! I'm glad you are all with me on the rollercoaster of a ride! :)