Confession: I sent a desperate-sounding email to my editor and publicist yesterday basically saying “Eek. BLESSED ARE THE DEAD comes out in three weeks what am I supposed to be doing?”
I feel like I’m not doing enough and at the same time I have no idea what I should be doing.
They are awesome and so they said everything is going along exactly as it should be.
Part of me says that at this point, three weeks before my first novel comes out, there is nothing I CAN do.
But maybe pray.
Most of what can be done is done: The book is written to the best of my abilities, edited by a rock star editor, copyedited by a meticulous copyeditor, and promoted by one of the best publicists in the book business.
It is out of my hands now.
Sure, I can tell my friends and everyone I know to buy it, but at what point does that become obnoxious?
It’s an odd place to be—exactly where I want to be—on the eve of having my first book published. A dream come true.
But I’m also prepared for what Lisa Alber has called post-pub-partum—that depression after you send your baby out into the world!
Apparently, the day your book launches is surprisingly (or not surprisingly in this case) anticlimactic.
The day and the world goes on like normal. That’s probably why so many authors have book launch parties—a way to celebrate and embrace that somewhat anticlimactic day.
Dear friends, what do those of you who are published do to prepare for a book launch (and please don’t say I’m way too late because I’m sure that’s the case) and how do you celebrate launch day?
Friends who read (all of us, right?) what do YOU think an author should do to let you know about an upcoming release and how much is too much?