My book is out August 8, which means that people will be reading my book.
I won’t be one of them.
Let me explain. My journey to published writer has been an interesting one, especially in the year since I got my deal. Having dreamed of this moment for almost a lifetime, I thought I knew what to expect.
I was wrong.
Of course, there are some things that were as expected. Reading bad reviews sucks just as much as I thought. My inclination is to comment, “But I worked like really hard on this!!!” and then run tell my parents that someone was being mean to me. Instead, I just silently cry.
But there are so many times that I’ve been like this:
A few things that especially surprised me:
Writing is (still) hard, y’all!
My favorite quote is from Dorothy Parker: “I hate writing. I love having written.” I just read a blog from an author who basically wrote 10 books in 18 months. I am lucky if I can read 10 books in 18 months.
I honestly thought writing the second book would be easier because, hello, I’ve done this before. I know these characters. I know this world. But, it is not. At all. In fact, it might be harder because you know there is no way this book is going in a drawer, no matter how much it sucks. Someone will read definitely read it one day…
I’m so over my book.
Well, that’s a bit melodramatic. I still smile like a giddy school child whenever I see my cover. But at this point, I’ve read this thing front to back (and in one case, back to front because it helps you find typos) on at least a dozen occasions, including two times in the last two months for line edits and a final proof. I need a break from it.
Someone could slip “Kellye Garrett is the worst writer in the whole entire world” on page 174 and I may never know. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely going to lovingly caress the final copies when they arrive. I might even walk up to total strangers like, “Hey see this? I wrote it! Happy Tuesday.”
And I’ll probably occasionally peek at Hollywood Homicide for reference when writing more books in the series. I can barely remember my own eye color, much less Day’s best friends.
But reading the entire thing again? Probably not for a long time.
There’s a catch…phrase
I’ve gone on and on about Author Signatures (Don’t believe me? See here and here!) and my fear that I’ll forget and use my everyday signature. (What do I do then? Cross it out and write my Author Signature instead? Add a P.S. a la Please don’t steal my identity. Trust me, you will be disappointed. Thank you in advance!)
But did you know that you should also have a catch phrase you use when you sign your books? It should be something cute and clever that relates to your book’s title and theme. Me figuring out a catchy phrase was almost as hard as me writing an entire book. I’d settled on “Enjoy your Day!” in reference to it being the Detective by Day series, but I still am viewing this as a work in process. If you have any ideas, let me know in comments. Pretty please.