Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Road to Publication: Ten Stages of Fear

1. I'll never finish this book.
2. I finished this book.
3. What do I do with this book?
4. Query Who? Query What?
5. OH! Agents. Okay. Hit send. Bite nails for a long time.
6. Count Rejections with bandaids on fingers.
7. Get offers. Who do I choose? (If you choose the wrong agent, go back to step one. I know. I did it.)
8. Revise for agent. (Ohmygod what if the agent reads it again and can't remember why he/she signed me?)
9.Go on submission to publishers. (What if I can't sell my book? I'm so close!)
10. Bargin bin book with a green neon sticker over my name. (Oh HELL no!)

I'm between stage 8 and 9 with an aching fear of 10.

where are you?


  1. I think I'm somewhere between stage 9 and 10. The OMG how in hell am I supposed to sell myself so I DON'T end up at number 10 stage. ;)

  2. I am sitting in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a great book. . . with a future author's name. . . Suzanne Hayze. . . proudly singing on the cover.

    There. Your future is bright! I can't wait to read your book!

  3. I mean after all, we can all be published authors. I read an average of 4 to 6 books per week.

    I'll be the reader.

  4. @simon Finish, man. Finish. I've got a pay back that's due!
    @amanda. YEP. And we've coached each other through each one of these steps, right? Wow. We were at step 0. OMG.
    @sharon: I cried a little when I read your comments. I do hope you live near me so when I have a book tour (gulp) I can put you at the front of the line! You just tell them who you are. I'll let them know. (Whoever they are)

  5. I have a feeling you're going to be just fine!