So what’s it like the night before a book release?
Terrified nobody will buy it (hey, it happens).
Terrified nobody will like it, because you loved writing it and want to write more of them!
Realizing that you just can’t handle dealing with bad reviews right now, so you make sure you don’t read the reviews if at all possible but…
…you also realize there are people in this world who–if they hate your book–will MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THEY HATE IT!
Terrified that you’ll forget all of the publicity you’re supposed to do.
Desperate search of the cupboards for wine.
Desperate search of the cupboards for chocolate.Consider hiding with a good movie and fuzzy blanket.
The joy when people start telling you THEY LOVE THE BOOK!
That eternal hope and optimism that the first printing will sell out like crazy the first week and you’ll land on one of the big lists (again).
That eternal hope lasts about one week, lessening every day you go along until you realize no, it’s not gonna happen.
The hope that people who love your book will post reviews to counter the vocal ones who HATE EVERYTHING YOU EVER WRITE AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS.
Remembering the days when writers all hoped Oprah would pick them for her book club. You laugh and laugh at how that hope was so strong but so unfounded in reality.
The one day when–even though you never check Amazon rankings the rest of the time because you’ve trained yourself NOT to–you keep refreshing the rankings, praying to see that number drop below 100.
The one day when you check Amazon rankings and cry because it’s not budging under the (fill in the blank number) range.
You realize how many bigger authors had releases the same day and you sadly bid farewell to making any lists due to that fact and you drink more wine.
You really REALLY hope people will love the book because you loved writing it and you really want to write more in the series and that depends on…yes…sales.
You cuddle with your cats and a good movie, just wanting release week to end so you can go back to focusing on writing the next book.
Yah, that’s all release day…and more.