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This month I'm going to address my pre-release jitters. I'm balancing on the precipice of a book release. Though I have a couple young adult romance novellas released, FINDING THOR is my first full length YA romance novel. Honestly, when I was doing one of the final rounds of edits on this book, I said to my husband, "This might be the best book I've written to date." I don't believe I say that for every book. What I do say about every book is, "I'm so excited about this one." As if I wasn't excited about the last one and expect the next one to be very humdrum. What I really mean is that I'm particularly excited about the message I'm portraying in this (whichever current) book I'm releasing or I'm excited to enter a new genre with this (whichever current) book.
Even with all that confidence and some bravado, I find now that I've sent the ARC out for a few early reviews, I'm shaking in my boots. (Gah, how I love boots - but I digress)
I worked in corporate America for years and years. I worked my way through the ranks into middle management. Along the way my performance was reviewed by my managers as well as my employees. Technically it's the same thing. I did work. I received feedback on the work I did.
But it feels so much different when it's feedback on a book I've written. Maybe because the feedback itself isn't public when I was sitting across the desk from my manager. Instead, someone posts it on Amazon or rates my work on Goodreads. And if they thought it sucked (which-face it-it happens) EVERYBODY knows it. Yeah, that must be it.
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this, right? Who else gets that, "Oh my god! What was I thinking?" feeling when a book is about to go out into the world? Feel free to share advice on how NOT to obsess over reviews and sales rank once the book is out there. Do you even read your reviews?