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.