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And now what?

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG will be Lauren Hennessy, Lisa Buie-Collard, Lidy, Christine Rains, and Mary Aalgaard!

Tomorrow is a special day for me. It’s the one year anniversary of the release of my debut novel, The Wicked City. One year! I’ve published several other things since then, including the second book in the series, but nothing is quite like your ‘first,’ I guess. In some ways I can’t believe it’s been a year already and in some ways I can’t believe it’s only been a year.

My dream of being a runaway bestselling debut author is clearly not going to come to pass (or it already would have) but I’m okay with that. It’s an honor just to be nominated–or published–as they say. The fact that anyone read it at all, said nice things about it, and actually gave it an award makes me happier than I could ever imagine. I’d say this experiment so far has been a success.

The thing about accomplishing so much in a year though, is the anxiety to accomplish as much, or hopefully even more, in the second year. More contracts! More publications! More recognition. Let’s keep this ball rolling. I hope to achieve that, and if I don’t, I hope to be okay with not achieving it. Publishing, even once you have your foot in the door, can be a crapshoot. And at that point you’re not only competing with other authors but also with yourself, which can be much worse. Will I top myself? Will I do even better this year?

I try to enjoy the other rewards that come with publishing so I don’t drive myself crazy: the community, the chance to work with seasoned professionals, making new friends, and meeting new people. Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in your sales figures and forget that there’s an awesome, supportive group of people out there who want you to join in their circle, and that’s the real joy.

One last note: next month I’m not only doing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, but I’m going to be co-hosting IWSG again! I’ll be quite the busy social butterfly. See you there!

Megan Morgan View All

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.

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  1. Happy one year anniversary! I don’t always remember my other books, but I still remember the date CassaStar came out. And yes, every book after that was pressure and a crap-shoot – will I write something as good or better? We always hope better of course…
    Glad you’re co-hosting next month! With the Challenge, it will be an insane day…

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    • I’m glad someone else feels the same way I do! I’m all ready to go for the Challenge, so no problem co-hosting that day. Ironically, April will be a breeze for me because I’ve already got it all set up. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Happy One Year Book Anniversary!!!

    I understand how you feel, and sometimes we’re too busy to enjoy the journey because we’re scurrying around for our next project.

    When we hear about a debut novel (which seems like a daily event) making into the #1 NYTimes BestSellers list~ that’s what is mind-boggling for us authors. I have to wonder how that happened because after much research I’ve discovered you’d need loads of money and marketing to get there, and lately I’ve been informed the statistics are skewed. An author would have to have a big house and big money behind them.

    Write a book to the best of your ability, then write another and keep marketing(which I dislike) and readers will notice. Baby Steps.

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    • Yes, most of the time I believe you have to have lots of marketing and money behind it–which means the publishing house believes they can make a ton of money on you in return (and they usually do). I think part of it is being lucky enough to write something that just happens to become hugely popular right as your book hits the shelves. But in reality, there’s many more of us not-bestselling authors than bestselling ones. That reminds me to do it for the love of the writing, not the money to be made off it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. “One last note: next month I’m not only doing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, but I’m going to be co-hosting IWSG again!”

    Egad! You are a glutton for punishment. LOL! I wanted to do A-Z this year but my mystery novel MUST be written. Good luck!

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    • Ha! I think I am. I love the IWSG though and I love co-hosting it. I’ve already got my A-Z posts set up so it should, ironically, be a pretty laid back month for me.

      Good luck with your novel!

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  4. You are creating a brand … and that comes from one book crafted better than the last, making a trail of wonders for your fans to follow. Best of luck in making your path golden. 🙂

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  5. Congratulations on the milestone! I love what Crystal said above, that it can take 10 years to make a career. The biggest and hardest step is to start and you’ve already done that! Woohoo! Happy to find you thanks to the IWSG! I look forward to “seeing” you next month with the A-Z. It should be fun!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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    • Yes, unless you get super lucky and make a big splash to start with, it takes a lot of time and patience–but hey, I’ve worked this many years to get here, what’s another decade, huh?

      Thanks for stopping by! Yay for IWSG and the A-Z Challenge!

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  6. You know, I didn’t hear about Harry Potter until well after the third book. This publishing thing takes time. They say it’s 10 years before you make a career, so here’s going forward with persistence and hoping for the best.

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    • I agree. I think there’s a lot of book series out there that are hugely popular, but didn’t get that way until later books in the series. It definitely takes time. It’s what I want though, so I’m gonna stick it out and keep plowing forward.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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