Friday, January 23, 2015

When does your book come out?

When does my book come out? I'll tell you when: in like a bajillion years. More or less.

"Maybe a little less, Anne. Exaggeration is merely a flight of poetic fancy."

(I'll bet none of you can name that quote without using a search engine. But it's one that plays in my head all the time. My head is a weird place, sometimes. Also, I love Phil Gordon, but that's another story.)

Anyway, yes. My book is coming out in either a bajillion years or in May, whichever one comes first. Today it feels like the former is most likely.

Why is that, you ask?

Because I'm seriously dying to share it with you guys!!! I honestly cannot wait until you can all read it.

And it's killing me because the book looks so done already. The text is all laid out and formatted in InDesign. It still needs to be proofed and edited a few more times, but the cover is done. The advance copies have been ordered. Some super cool people have endorsed it. And I still have to wait FOUR freaking long MONTHS until the release date.

I'm going to die.

In other news, I'm doing a blog tour for my book, so if you blog and would like to get in on that, I've got a review copy with your name on it! Just leave a comment or send me an email or facebook message or something. Okay? Okay. Thanks.

I have to admit, I'm pretty much freaking out about this whole thing. Obviously I've known for awhile now that my book would be published, but for some reason this week marks the beginning of when I started to feel "famous."

So far it has mostly involved a lot of googling myself and the name of my book. Yes, I know I'm lame.

But it's also involved lots of self-reflection on why I'm doing this and what I hope to gain from this experience. Most authors don't make enough money writing to quit their day jobs, which means you have to really love it.

That's part of it. I do love to write. And I really loved writing this book. I'm having a blast with the sequel.

I think, though, that perhaps I'm equally motivated by a desire to prove myself. I've spent most of my life as the background girl. I've seen myself more as a sidekick than a heroine. I tend to surround myself with really cool people and then just bask in their collective limelight. It's weird for me to be the cool one.

And let's face it, I'm not even all that cool. I know that. All I did was write a book.

But I'm just saying, I'm not used to being the center of attention. So that's something I've been trying to come to terms with before I get overwhelmed and decide to run and hide under a rock somewhere.

And when I do start to feel overwhelmed, I run. Literally. Running has been great for me lately. It helps me remember that I'm really, really bad at something. And it's so HARD. I can't think while I'm running because I'm too busy trying not to die.

Okay. I'm rambling.

MAY 12

That's when Liam Darcy, I Loathe You comes out. It's only 108 days away.


I'll never make it that long.

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