Guess what? It’s been a while since I published The Fine Line and I do not have another book out yet! Oh dear…that totally sucks because more books mean more exposure and anyone will tell you that one of the best things you can do to market your book…is to write more books.
So…why don’t I have another book out yet?
If you’ve read my past blog posts, you know that I had an incredibly fun time writing my first book last year. I obtained a new-found passion in writing that I never knew I had and I really, truly enjoyed every moment of creating The Fine Line. I loved it so much that I decided to try my hand at self-publishing. And my oh my, what a roller-coaster ride it’s been!
I never expected to feel such amazing highs from comments like these: “A-freaking fantastic read, I have found another author to add to my stalker list..eeeeekkkkk :)” ~Endless Reading, or this: “For a debut novel, THIS IS REALLY AMAZING! ” ~Boekies’ Book Reviews, or this: “Whew! I finished the book and immediately went into this review because it left such a huge impact on me.” ~Itching for Books Blog, or this: “Here’s hoping that more books like this one will be written, cause if so, then the indie world just got that much better.” ~Book Reader Chronicles
Nor did I expect to feel so purely devastated from comments like these: “There is a long and tiring road ahead of you Mrs. Kobishop if you are to become a best-selling author who writes gripping, realistic and outstanding romance novels.” or this: “I’m really sorry to say this but…if you don’t have any good ideas of your own then don’t write a book in the first place.”
Talk about total opposite ends of the spectrum! Sheesh!
What really surprised me, though, was how I became so thoroughly paralyzed by the opinions of others. I thought I was tougher than that. I mean, I’ve always cared about what others think…to a point…but I never let it stop me from doing what I want to do. Never.
Here’s the truth: I’ve had TONS of new book ideas since finishing The Fine Line. And I’ve even started writing a few of these stories that have been prancing around in my mind. But every time I start, a little voice inside my head says this: “What if it’s too cliche’? What if it’s not what readers are looking for? What if it’s been done before? What if that’s not where the book market is headed? What if it totally sucks?” So then I stop writing and move onto another idea, and repeat the cycle.
This is not a good routine for creativity OR productivity. Not good at all. How can I be creative when I have such a thick filter? Well–I can’t. The thing is, writing is in my blood now, and being productive is important if I want to advance my writing career! I’m constantly daydreaming of new stories and it pains me not to get them out onto paper.
So, I’d like to publicly tell my inner critic to shut up. There. Done. Consider my inner critic utterly squished. Let’s just hope she doesn’t rise from the dead.
As far as my haters go…I’ll listen to my husband on that one. He says, “Haters be hating.” I’m not really sure what he means by that short little phrase, but I’ll take a guess and say it means I should just ignore them. Because:
After all, haters come with the territory, or so I’ve heard. Maybe I’ll ignore Goodreads for a while, too.
The bottom line, and the reason for this post, is to say that writing is extremely important to me, and I’m ready to continue my journey as an author.
NOW FOR SOME BOOK NEWS!
I have just started outlining a story that I have some incredibly good feelings about. It’s one of the two stories that keep popping into my head–regardless of my inner critic. You may love it, you may hate it, but I’m sure as heck writing it.
I’m not sure how long it will take me to complete it, which means I can’t give you a definite release date, or a guaranteed time frame, but I’m sure hoping it’ll be ready to be published by the end of the year (2014). I will post frequent updates here, on Facebook, and/or on Twitter to keep you all in the loop!