48 HOURS TILL PUBLICATION
With forty-eight hours to go before I published my third romance novel, SOMETIMES MOMENTS, I found myself considerably overwhelmed. To the point where I wanted to throw up. Not like a little. Like I got wasted just before 10PM on New Year’s Eve and ended up in a disgusting and highly unlady-like puking fest.
You’ll never know.
When it comes to publishing, time has been both my friend and my enemy:
Friend: I am excited that all the work I put into writing and editing SOMETIMES MOMENTS would finally result in a book.
Enemy: I still have a million things to do, but not enough time before the release to do them.
WHAT I STILL HAD TO DO:
Create promotional pictures and keep a careful eye on my pre-order sales.
I also had to tell my brain to stop overthinking “No one will like it!” thoughts and replay some “Someone will love SOMETIMES MOMENTS!” ones in my mind before I fell asleep.
WHAT I LEARNED:
The forty-eight-hour jitters are gross.
So is self-doubt.
Horrible. Just horrible.
WHAT I WANTED TO DO:
Find a place that sold really great ice cream while I read pre-pub review of SOMETIMES MOMENTS. But I wasn’t venturing out to the gas station at 1AM to get a pint of overpriced Ben and Jerry’s.
36 HOURS TILL PUBLICATION
This was the calm before the storm. The stage in my publishing journey where I thought I had everything under control when really I was in denial and unaware of all the hiccups that were yet to come.
24 HOURS BEFORE PUBLICATION
I don’t think I have ever been so nervous in my life. Worse than when I published my debut novel, THIRTY-EIGHT DAYS. And far worse than when I had my first kiss—I was not cool, calm and collected then, either. (I tried to be. I was actually a mess. Harry*, I’m sorry. It probably sucked. Thanks for lying to protect my feelings! You’re a champ!)
(* His name was not Harry. But Harry was nice. I liked Harry.)
Far worse in the nervous department.
I was afraid people would hate SOMETIMES MOMENTS. It was my first standalone book and the whole ‘first’ factor was getting to me. I had already posted six unedited chapters on Book Country, and the initial feedback was a Godsend. Comments from Book Country reviewers on my drafts were amazing.
Still, I was scared. Like really scared. I was drowning in the high expectations I had set for myself. But somewhere deep down, I was excited. I wanted readers to finally read the book I had sacrificed study time in my final semester of university to write. I just wanted one person to love and appreciate what I wrote.
WHAT I STILL HAD TO DO:
Release party and prizes had to be finalized.
Collect ARC reviews to use in my book marketing.
Get buy links and save them for quick access for when I need to share them.
Don’t forget above.
WHAT I LEARNED:
Being calm means I probably forgot something.
I was calm for a solid two hours.
I forgot a few things.
TIME’S UP! RELEASE DAY!
You’d think after two previous releases, I’d know the drill, right?
It was like someone had completely wiped my memory of what release day is like and replaced it with cat videos and circus music. SOMETIMES MOMENTS was now LIVE. All those weeks I had spent writing this novel, avoiding my university assignments and study time for my exams were now over. I loved my main characters Peyton Spencer and Callum Reid so much that I couldn’t think about my studies. I had to write their story and I had to share it.
On release day, I realized that I wrote SOMETIMES MOMENTS as a message. I wanted readers to reflect on the defining moments of their lives like Peyton and Callum had. I finally published a story that I hoped would leave an impact on my readers.
WHAT I LEARNED ON RELEASE DAY:
No matter how prepared I was for the SOMETIMES MOMENTS release, the madness took me for a ride. It was exhilarating and a feeling I knew I wouldn’t get to enjoy until my next release. The late nights writing and editing—until I almost pulled my hair out—were worth it in the end. Why? Because more than one person discovered that meaning I was trying to write. And my being brave enough to publish SOMETIMES MOMENTS allowed my readers to reflect on and appreciate their own sometimes moments.
About Len Webster
But until that moment happens, she writes. Having just completed her bachelor’s degree in business and commerce, Len is now busy writing her next romance about how a girl met a boy, and how they fell completely and hopelessly in love. Connect with Len on Twitter, Facebook, and Book Country.