So, this is not my first rodeo. Room 702 marks the seventh book I’ve published. And yet…I was very hesitant to let this one go. So much so that I still am being weirdly protective and haven’t let my greater community of friends (aka facebook) know of its arrival into the world.
I think I’m hesitant because after all this time, I’m scared.
With my YA books, I knew the audience and could gauge the reactions (i.e. everyone loves me and I love them).
Now, I’m in completely unknown territory. Will people love Room 702? Hate it? Not even know it exists? You’d think after six books I’d built up a relatively thick skin, but I don’t think I have. What if no one buys it? While I would never trade in the experience of my YA books, I think I’m ready for a truly successful book. And what does that mean anyway? How do I define success? Actually, it’s a pretty simple formula. 12 months = 10,000 sales or else, sad Ann.
When I hit ‘publish’ last night I did get the usual sense of accomplishment and now that Room 702 is out there I can move to the marketing phase of the book, but…is it really ready for public consumption? Only time will tell.
Oh wait, I’m still being precious, aren’t I?