Today has been a very overwhelming day.
It’s just been one of those days when all I can think is “What the hell am I doing?”
I’ve had so much thrown at me in such a short time, my head is spinning.
I went from editing to writing and for everyone (like me before embarking on this journey ) who thinks, an author gets an idea, writes a book, publishes the book, people read the book, happily ever after… HA HA HA! (Right. I wish. Even as I Editor, I had NO idea!)
Writing the book was hard. It’s pouring your heart and soul into a book. It’s taking your innermost thoughts and feelings and letting them out for other people to read and review and criticize.
Editing the book is hard, because for every mistake, people are going to jump on you like a dude with a cute in a piranha filled tank.
Getting people interested in your book and creating hype and awareness is hard. You have to take the time to market yourself, either to each blog individually, other authors, or someone who wants to take you on and market you. You’re an Indie… you have to sell yourself.
I’ve had so many terms thrown at me. And for most of them, I’m thinking, “What the hell is that? I have no idea what you’re even talking about!”
This business has it’s own jargon and trust me, when you’re a newbie, and hear it, you think someone is speaking a foreign language. “Street Team, Cover Reveal, Blog Tour, Swag, ARC’s, Beta Readers, Formatting, PDF vs. Mobi, etc” I’m just like, “WTH?!?!”
I wrote a book. I just want people to read my book. But I’m quickly learning that A + B does not equal C!
I am a Stay at Home Mom with an editing business and a family blog. My kids are 4 and 5.5. I have them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My husband is around as often as he can be, but he works a full time job.
I did not have the time to do this, but I did, and I do love it.
I like my book. From the feedback I’m getting, other people like my book. I’m hoping people freaking LOVE my book. Hell while I’m dreaming, I want to give Nora Roberts a run for her money. (I got a little caught up in the moment!)
Today is just one of those days where it’s super overwhelming and I’m on the verge of a freak out.
I need wine or Xanax.
And that ladies and gents is a peek at the chaos that occurs within my brain.
Cheers to the wine!
Lagniappe: (“an extra gift” roughly translated from Cajun French)
Here’s something I played with today. Yes, I’m no professional and I don’t have mad skills, but I made it, so here it is.