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!