Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Publishing Woes

Insecure Writer's Support Group is a blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh where totally insecure writers can get together and share the things that are making us go argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
         I’ve been busily working away the last couple of months on the final touches for my YA dystopian novel. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind time of final edits, choosing my cover and having the formatting done. Although it’s been an exciting ride I can’t help but feel the anxiety starting to build as I get closer and closer towards publication. The procrastinator and perfectionist in me really wants to delay the inevitable but in my heart I know I’ve done as much as I can or am willing to do for this novel and it’s time to release it into the world. The insecure writer in me wants to keep it as close to my chest for as long as possible so that I don’t have to deal with marketing, the publication process and the inevitable unflattering reviews. In a way I think I might have even been sabotaging myself by being super picky about the cover even though the third version of it was perfect yet I asked for so many tweaks the poor designers had to send me through multiple additional drafts.(kudos to the team at Deranged Doctor Design for putting up with me!)
                I think this is in itself a sign that I’m ready and that I’m just creating ways to stop myself from publishing. So, considering this is something I’ve been working towards for the last four years, I have decided that I need to be brave and just publish. Though it’s super scary and I’m very insecure about the novel’s reception I have decided that I am going to just close my eyes and hit publish. Oh and if anyone is interested here is the cover:




11 comments:

  1. Congratulations! It's a cool cover. Is it available now? Send me the links and I'll feature it next week.

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    1. Hi Alex,

      I'm planning a September release but will definitely contact you when this happens! Thanks heaps!

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  2. Beautiful cover! I totally get the last minute anxiety. I was a wreck with my first book launch and had to be talked down several times by my publisher. I'm so glad I didn't try to back out because this adventure has been and continues to be epic.

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  3. Hello, congrats on your achievement and best wishes!

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  4. I love the cover. Toss you fear aside and go for it. Think leap of faith (in yourself) :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  5. Close your eyes and jump. We'll catch you! Great cover.

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  6. Yes! Be brave! That's one of the biggest things. :)

    Also? That cover is beautiful!! :D

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  7. Oh my gosh that cover is beautiful. Don't worry I know it's going to be great. Very scary though.

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  8. Just Do It! ;-) It's what I tell myself when I've written and rewritten and haven't a clue what happens next. It's normal. I let my publisher decide if it needs more. In your case, that's you. :-) But if it was me who'd been doing this for four years, I'd be getting it done. Did you end up going to an editor?

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    1. Hi Sue! Yes I did find an editor. Two in fact that I'm very happy with!

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  9. Yay! I'm glad you are going to publish this book, finally! Sometimes, we have to take a page from our own characters and do as they do. Rory would jump into it head first because it HAS to be done at this point. :)

    Let me know what you want me to do to help promote the book's release on my blog.

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