Pre-publication is a strange phase to be in. The expectation is hanging so thick in the air, you could cut it with a dull-edged plastic picnic knife.

I can’t wait to hold that printed copy of my book in my hand and flip through its pages. However, I might just have a heart attack and die right there on the spot, which would be a problem since I have a deal for two more books for the series.

I can’t wait for all of my friends and old blog readers to finally read it and tell me what they think. Of course, I’m already having mean-review nightmares, but would rather just hear it now because the apprehension is killing me!

I’ve already had a zombie fan say about my book (which, of course, he hasn’t read), “I wonder if zombies are attracted to codependent, emotionally retarded teenage girls as well?” Which I actually really enjoyed. Because maybe zombies are. But revenants prefer independent, self-aware, kick-ass teenage girls. So, I hope that means I’m ready for anything.

This makes it sound like I’m just waiting around twiddling my thumbs. I’m not. I’m doing my best to prepare. Got a few decent photos taken. And I’m following all of the “Social Networking 101” suggestions my editor sent me (even though I was already doing most of them): Author website (still in process – big big plans), Facebook page (check!), blog (closing up my old one and starting this new one from scratch), and I really really mean to get around to Twitter. Some day.

And there’s something else I’m forgetting. A real time-suck. Oh yeah – I’m on page 218 of Book 2! Never a dull second and yet — the waiting is killing me. May 2011 can’t come fast enough.

2 Comments to Anticipation

  1. by Kathrin - On August 27, 2010

    Hi Amy…. don’t start biting your nails now ;>)

    I can only imagine how it must feel to be in your shoes, and having finally your first book published.

    For the critic, and you know it will come… try to remember: YOU CAN NOT PLEASE EVERYONE!! We are all different and have different likes and dislikes. How boring would our world be, if it were otherwise.

    Since Kate is, to use your own words, an independent, self-aware, kick-ass teenage girl, it will be just perfect to read with my 16 year old daughter.

    The design of this site turned out really nice. Love the picture that Bill took of you. Good to have friends that have diverse talents…

  2. by purejuice - On August 29, 2010


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