8 Things You MUST Do When Your First Book Is Launched
“After a long, tortuous, 520 days on submission, my debut novel, What The Valley Knows, will be published by Black Rose Writing in early 2018. It feels like I’ve won the lottery. This is it — my chance to break through, to turn my dreams into a reality — to be a working author. Please don’t let me mess this up! As a result, I’ve polled (okay, maybe hounded) successful writers on Facebook, Twitter, and in person at conferences, trying to pick their brains. My frantic question being, ‘If you could give one piece of advice to a debut author, what would it be?’ Again and again, I get the same answers:
Enjoy the moment!
Deep down, you knew the book was good. Still at times, your resolve wavered and the rejection became overwhelming and soul crushing. Take a deep breath and pause at this juncture of validation. Don’t think about the next step quite yet. Savor this time — mark your phenomenal accomplishment. Buy a special memento or write a congratulatory letter to yourself. You will never be an unpublished author again. Celebrate that you’ve made it this far in the journey and then …
Make your manuscript perfect!
Appreciate the people who are helping you do this: your agent, your editor, your copy editor, and your book cover designer. If you’re at a small press with a limited budget that doesn’t provide these services, hire out — YOU CANNOT AFFORD ANY SLOPPINESS! This was a recurring mantra! A writer’s battle cry! You must make the book perfect. Reader and reviewers will eviscerate you otherwise. Once you’re satisfied that your book is foolproof, it’s time to …”