Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG: Publishing!

Sorry to post so late today! I feel like I kind of already posted for ISWG on Monday, talking about my trepidation over my offered book contract. A couple of days later, I'm happen to report that the deal is ironed out. It's just the paper signing left to do. I'm going to have a published novel this spring!

As I told the woman I'm working with at the publisher, it's like getting married to someone you just met. Scary and exciting, all at the same time. I'm absolutely insecure, hoping and praying that I'm making the best decision for my book and myself.

I'd love to hear from others who have been down this path. How do you keep your expectations and hopes under control and stay open to the possibilities? How do you find the balance between paranoia and reasonable self-protection when making a book deal?


This posting is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. To check out other posts by writers in a variety of places in their careers, check out the participant list.


  1. Congratulations! It's a crazy up and down path. Just enjoy it for what it is. The best advice I can give I heard from another author--Regina Sirois

    "Don't let your happiness depend on your book getting published."

    Basically, you still get to choose to be happy and fulfilled independent of how well your book does. Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Charity! I'm a planner, so it's hard for me to just enjoy the ride, but I'm trying!

  2. Congrats! Your journey just started. Writing the perfect novel is about 20% of it. Keep going.

  3. I like Charity's advice. And you could substitute other words in there too, like sales or rankings or reviews. The best of luck with everything!

  4. Congratulations on getting your book published! What a thrill that must be. Good luck with everything. Looking forward to future updates. Lily-Eva IWSG Co-host

  5. Writing, revising, submitting, receiving rejections--those are all the hardest parts. You've got a book deal that you successfully negotiated. That's the gravy. Enjoy your success. Looking forward to your book's publication.

  6. Congratulations on your book deal! I have a critique partner who published with Curiosity Quills -- Krystalyn Drown -- and she found them very easy to work with. It was a positive experience for her!

    Yes, a publishing contract is like getting married to a stranger, compounded if your editor happens to retire right after you sign and you get passed to someone else. (Happened to me!)

    Luckily, it all worked out and my new editor is very talented.

    Good luck in your new relationship!

  7. Thanks for all the words of support. I'm excited and scared at at the same time, but it helps to be reminded that it isn't the end of the world if there are problems, and to hear that others have had good experience with CQ!