Monday, August 16, 2010

The Power is in Your Hands

Sounds like an advertising campaign, doesn't it?  It's actually the message of an article by Annette Fix , the editor of WOW! (Women on Writing).  My friend and writer, Greg Allen, who is keeping his angel-eyes on marketing avenues pour moi, sent me this article about getting online book reviews...which, it appears, will be critical for me, since we're still waiting for the ARCs less than two months before book launch day.

(Can you hear me gnawing on my fingernails?)

The article by Fix is a great resource for writers.  I hope it will be of value to other writers who need reviewers.  Thanks, Annette, for the compilation of sources.

This is a scary time for me, I'm not kidding you.  I feel as though I'm not in control of this process, try as I might to get my ducks in a row before the book launch. I'm getting reassurances from my publisher, which is nice, but I'm discovering a (possibly inherent) proclivity for panic that is screwing with my sleep habits, which used to number one, and rhymed with "sleeps like a drick."

Add to this mounting anxiety the unrelenting notion that I am experiencing this all alone.  ALONE, people.  Because, frankly, there aren't many writers who comment on my blog (though I do have StatCounter, which tallies my visits, so I'm pretty sure you're out there reading...), and I've been searching, surfing, and row boating my way through the internet, and have found not one blog about publishing a debut novel with a small press.  I've found several websites by established authors and debut novelists with big-name publishers--and they're delightful--but not sites by authors who can commiserate with, or at least validate, my anxiety.

Enough negativity!  (But I would really like to hear from you out there...)

On a happy/weird note, I'm reading four novels at once.  Barbara Kingsolver's Lacuna, T.C. Boyles's The Women, Allison Winn Scotch's The One that I Want, and Jenny Nelson's Georgia's Kitchen.  Very different books with their own pace and charm, but it just so happens that the fall semester begins next week, and I have these four books left to read.  I'm cramming like a college freshman.  Also, it leaves less time to worry about the progress of the publication of SONG.


  1. Thanks for the link, Lori Ann. And best of luck with your book launch!

  2. just pre-ordered SONG OF THE ORANGE MOONS. Can't wait to read it!

  3. I feel your franticness. Although I am not where you are...although I happily would be when I complete the novel I am working on and begin shopping around :). Regardless, I can completely understand the nature of feeling lost in a void all your own. As I have just started my literary pursuit dedicated website, twitter, and facebook and working feverishly at my novel ms it seems every step in the literary process and the life journey leads to the frantic (one way or another). Good luck with your journey and I will continue to read and post over here...feel free to stop by at my newly furnished virtual home as well :).


  4. Wow, Alicia. Your site is gorgeous and useful, too. I'll post your link on my site to encourage some more traffic flow to you. And I'll keep up with your site, too. It's strange the little connections I see in other people's interests and blogs: one of my main characters has a Colombian mother...

    Good luck!

  5. I think the Creative Writing Department should sponsor a reading on campus, and/or the very least, a presentation to the students in the Creative Writing tracks. When I was a grad student, I absolutely loved it when actual, published fiction authors came to our classrooms to read to and inspire us, and to answer our questions on "How to get published?" If you need me to make some intros in this area, please let me know!

  6. Yes, Alane, I do need intros. I'm still too shy in this area, although the shameless promoting activities in the last month have developed my ability to serve myself up to the public like a side of awesomeness...