To get this week’s launch party started, I’ve invited a few guest bloggers to join me. The first of these is multi-published women’s fiction author Meredith Schorr, who describes the spectrum of emotions which accompany each book release:
Thank you, Pauline, for inviting me to your blog today! And congratulations on the release of your new novel. I adored Saving Saffron Sweeting and can’t wait to start Secrets in the Sky. I know I will love it equally as much.
Which brings me to the subject of this blog post. Back in December, I published my fourth novel, How Do You Know?, and Pauline suggested I write about the gamut of emotions I experience with each novel I release.
When I published my debut novel, Just Friends with Benefits, in September, 2010, my thoughts included: I did it. I actually wrote a freakin novel! And it’s going to be published! Holy crap, this means people are going to read it… including the sex scenes. What if no one likes it? Who should star in the movie version?
When I published my second novel, A State of Jane, in July 2012, I thought: I can’t believe I’ve written and am now publishing my second book. I wonder if this one will sell better. I hope readers like it even better than Just Friends with Benefits. What if I can’t think of a plot for a third book? I totally know who should star in the movie.
When I published my third novel, Blogger Girl, in September, 2013, I thought: Wow. I’m publishing my third novel. This author gig is for real. I hope the people who didn’t like A State of Jane like this one! I hope the people who loved A State of Jane don’t think this one is too predictable. Fingers crossed this is the one that catapults me to best-selling status. What if I can’t think of a plot for a fourth novel? Isla Fisher would be perfect as the lead role in the movie.
Finally, when I released How Do You Know? I had the following thoughts: I finally did it—I wrote the women’s fiction novel about a never-been-married woman approaching forty that’s been stuck in my craw for years. Will readers embrace my more serious (but still humorous) novel or will they prefer my previous chick-lit books? Will it resonate with women of any age or relationship status or will they find it unrelatable? Will it sell as well as my other books? How long until I receive my first one-star review? What if this fourth book is my swan song? I have the perfect movie cast in mind!
Do you see a trend? Clearly, I want my books made into a movies, but it’s more than that. Despite going through the process more than once, twice, three times, I still experience wonder that I actually completed another novel— a fictional story with a beginning, middle and end, and lots of conflict and resolution. It’s with a combination of pride, excitement, and terror that I release my babies into the world, and the event never gets old or “ordinary.” Some of the things I feared with the earlier books no longer apply—for instance, I no longer worry about the submission process since I am settled with my publisher. They rely on my editor to whip my books into shape, but they have accepted me into their home and encourage me to keep growing my collection of books. On the flip side, with each publication comes new experiences and reactions that create unique questions/concerns to clog my noggin the next time around. For instance, I never worried about whether fans would lash out or give up on me if they preferred an older book to a newer one when I only had one book out there.
From where I stand with four published novels under my belt, I am pretty certain of the following: I will always worry about how readers will react to my book. I will always struggle to not pit my books against each other and analyze why a reader liked one but not another. I will always brace myself for negative reviews and struggle with not letting them break me. I will always hope for amazing sales across all platforms and wonder if the next book will be my big break. I will always worry that I don’t have another book in me. I will always put together a list of actresses/actors to star in the movie/television version.
I’m also fairly confident of the following: Readers will love my books. Readers will hate my books. I will eventually receive a one-star review somewhere, maybe on Goodreads, maybe on Amazon, possibly on both. Readers will prefer one of my books over another and it might not be the novel I, personally, think is my best work. Readers won’t fail to let me know what they enjoyed/hated. I cannot predict what will resonate and with whom. I cannot please everyone. I cannot avoid offending at least a small portion of the reading community. I do have another book in me.
And most importantly: I am absolutely insisting on a cameo appearance when one of my books is made into a movie.
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel. To learn more, visit her at meredithschorr.com.
What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?
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Meredith is kindly offering an e-book copy of How Do You Know as one of the launch day prizes for Secrets in the Sky. Come back here on Thursday for your chance to win!
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