I had hoped to blog today about the release of the sixth book in my middle-grade series. Alas, some delays in the cover art production mean it’s not going to happen. But it got me thinking.
Many people–writers and readers–think that the release day of a book is “the end.” Pop the champagne, throw the confetti and celebrate. The long wait to release is over.
But is it?
Don’t get me wrong. I think the release day of a book is A Really Big Deal and it should be celebrated. And it is “the end” – of the first (or maybe the second) part of the journey. First came writing the book. Then came getting the agent/publisher, or publishing it yourself. And now comes the really hard part, at least it my mind.
See, the book is out there. Hooray! You stuck with it long enough to make it to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Maybe your local indie store, depending on how you published. While that’s kind of a release, it just starts another chain of events. Contacting book bloggers. Getting reviews. Blog tours. Book signings. And don’t forget — you still need to write the next book.
Maybe what this really means is there’s more than one point of release. Sure, there’s A Release. And there’s a lot of focus on that. But I think writers tend to overlook, and maybe under-celebrate, the smaller points of release. Completing the first draft. Finishing your revisions. Pushing send to an agent. Signing that contract. Finding a publisher. If you self-publish, finishing the interior design. Getting your cover art.
All points of “release.”
Celebrate accordingly, writers. You’ve earned it.
Mary Sutton | @mary_sutton73