Throw the confetti and pop the cork on the champagne! Heaven Has No Rage is out today!
A year ago, I was celebrating the release of my debut, Root of All Evil, and running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I was obsessed with making this The Best Launch Ever. You know, since I’d been dreaming of it for so long.
I don’t know if it was the best ever, but it was pretty darn good and I still get warm fuzzy feelings thinking about it.
This year is a lot more low key. No big huge cake and booze, just cookies and water/tea/coffee. Still having a party (this Saturday) at Mystery Lovers Bookshop. Still a little nervous about what to wear, what to say, and whether the books will show up on time (what author doesn’t worry about these things?).
But I’m trying to be more organized and less…uptight. It’s a day of celebration, right? Time to kick back and for one day not worry about the next book, or editing, or plot holes, or, or, or…
I thought I was doing okay, too. After all, this is the second book. I’ve already launched a book once. I learned all sorts of lessons. Piece of cake, right?
Uh, not so much. I tried to be more organized on my pre-launch marketing, send out press releases and media pitch requests. I even participated on a three-month program to help me get better at these things.
So why do I feel like I’m all thumbs once again?
But I did manage to get the ARCs out and what lovely things people are saying. Aside from the fantastic blurb from fellow Mysterista Kathleen Valenti, there’s this from Dru Ann Love:
With visually descriptive narrative, the author knows how to tell a story with engaging dialogue and action-filled tale that never let go, until the very end. This well-written drama reached a feverish pitch as the story came to its conclusion and I was holding my breath as I watched it play out. Well done. I enjoyed this book and I look forward to more adventures with Jim, Sally and the gang in this terrific series.Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings
Kristopher Zgorski, from BOLO Books had kind words, too:
Milliron writes a tightly-coiled plot with evocative language that readers can easily sink into. With Heaven Has No Rage, she stakes her claim for a long-running series featuring these flawed, but loveable, characters.Kristopher Zgorski, BOLO Books
I’ve taken notes on what worked and what didn’t because in a year, I’ll be doing this all over again for book three. But for now, let’s party, right?
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I celebrate the little things on the way to publication: finishing the first draft, finishing the last revision, submitting to the publisher, etc. But release day feels like the checkered flag, the finish line on the marathon. The book is OUT!
Now to wait for the first reader reviews. In the meantime, anybody want a cookie?
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