Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Somewhere in the blur of excitement I published my second book last weekend. It really was a surreal moment as it felt like I had been waiting for this opportunity all my life. Okay, well, maybe not all my life but ever since I released my debut book I knew I wanted to write the sequel.

Back then it was a very daunting time. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I didn't know whether I would have any fans at all or whether everyone would simply hate my book from the word go. And fear is often the biggest enemy of any writer. But sometimes it is far better to make one seamless leap into complete oblivion than to spend forever more teetering on a nervous edge. And I am so glad I went ahead and published my first book as I wouldn't be where I am today.

I am still nervous about people's reaction to my latest baby, in a way perhaps even more nervous than I was before. Last year I was a completely unknown author but this year people have certain expectations. And it's sometimes difficult to dismiss these nerves as you worry that your new book won't be as good as everyone wants it to be.

But I think my final conclusion is one of happiness. I know in time there will probably be bad reviews but that's always the case with any book. What I'm hoping for the most is that all my fans will enjoy it and spread the news via word of mouth. And it the mean time I'll just keep calm and carry on writing my third book.

6 comments:

  1. Downloaded the new book from Amazon last night, and though I was tired, figured that I would take a quick peek at the first chapter.

    L.K., you have to remember to always preview any slide show that you're offering to even a limited audience. You probably put a smile on a number of young faces, a truly memorable moment, especially with the photos from the park bench in Melbourne! I might venture that the headmistress of your old school won't be inviting you back for any slideshows... for at least a decade or two.

    In any case, it's easy to see that this is going to be a good ride... I mean a good read!

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  2. Haha! Thanks John! It's a good job it was only a dream then! Would have been a nightmare if the scenario had actually happened - as you can imagine! ;)

    I hope the book doesn't disappoint and you enjoy it :)

    I'm already looking forward to your review ;)

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  3. Ya snuck this one right past me, I didn't realize you'd released it already. Congrats and good luck! :)

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  4. Lol :) Thanks Scott! I worked very hard in the last couple of weeks on my edits you know! ;)

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