Collected Wisps of Thought

{June 29, 2007}   Ebb and Flow

There’s a pronounced ebb and flow to being an author. At times, a lot is happening and you feel very connected to your books, and then things will drift off into silence until you feel as if you’ve never written a book.

This has been very true with my latest novel, The Garden of Eve. Weeks ago I received the galleys and read through them to make any last changes. Cover art is done. Editing is done. Yet it’s too soon for sales or much advance publicity. Too soon for reviews or Amazon sales figures. It’s the quiet before the storm.

Then all at once, in the past week I’ve gotten three seperate requests for my participation in magazines and web sites that want to feature The Garden of Eve in some way either prior to or after its publication. I feel myself waking up from the sleepy satisfaction of having been “done” and getting that familiar pins and needles feeling back again. This is when an author must resist the urge to continually check for those first on-line reviews. Must. Not. Obsessively. Check. Amazon. Take a deep breath.

There’s a hopefulness and an excitement when things are happening. One that (when times are good) can lend itself to the new book you’re struggling to edit or one that can (when times are bad) threaten to derail your concentration. In this case, it’s breathing a little bit of life into my writing process so I’m going to hope this lasts. More likely though, things will settle down yet again. With months to go before an October pub date, I’ve still got lots more time to wait out…

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