10 Things I Learned After I Signed My Contract, Part 2

Happy Friday!

I hope wherever you are, it is warmer than it is here. This past week someone sent me a link to a Top Ten Tuesday 2014 Debuts list. If I understand this correctly, a group called the Broke and the Bookish invite readers to list the debut books they are most interested in reading. The link was sent to me because Providence is on it. Obviously, I was thrilled to see my book on the list, but I also really enjoyed seeing what other books were on the list. Many were titles I hadn’t previously heard. I don’t want to make a list of my own, because it would become almost a contest to me to get through them all. I am, however, going to try to read one debut per month in the month it releases. If you have any wonderful suggestions, please share!

Last week, I shared the first 5 of 10 things I’ve learned since signing the contract. Here is another 5-

  1. Nothing goes as smoothly as you hope it will; and nothing goes as badly as you think it is.
  2. People can be very nice. I always believed that, but I had heard so much about the mean, hurtful things people can write about books and/or authors on websites, blogs, etc. Horror stories abound. What I am learning is to focus on the positive. When people take the time to say what they like about the book, I really appreciate it.
  3. Pens take on a new meaning in life. What pen will be great for signing books? I don’t want to smudge or smear ink in someone else’s book. What will feel perfect in my hand?
  4. It is really difficult to polish one book while trying to market another. In fact, as grateful as I am for being in this spot, the problems that come post-contract are no less frustrating than the problems pre-contract.
  5. There is no end to the number of things in publishing that surprise me!

*** Excellent news to share: I got past Level 147 in Candy Crush this week. In related news: I wasted away lots of time this week.

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