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So close now #mystery #aviation #release #amreading


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The countdown continues! I’m both excited and terrified at the prospect of my first book going out into the world. The inevitable insecurities are careening through my mind:

  • OMG, other people will read my book!
  • Oh. My. God. Other people will read my book ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  • Will they like it? Will anybody like it?
  • All those people at work who already bought or will buy my book–what if they don’t like it? Will they still talk to me? (yes, I know it’s a totally unfounded fear ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • What if nobody likes it?
  • How am I supposed to write book 2 and market this one at the same time?
  • How do I contact bookstores to have them carry my book?
  • Where is my press kit? My publisher said they were putting one together.
  • What about a newsletter? Oh man, I should have put a newsletter together already.
  • When will I get my printed books? Will I get them by the first weekend in April for the Writers’ Institute?ย  *unintelligible grumbling*
  • I have to schedule author events. When? Where?
  • This is scary. What was I thinking?
  • I’ll be fine. I mean, every author has to learn the ropes, right?
  • Seriously, things will work out.
  • Damn snowstorm. A-frickin’-gain. When will it end????

Hoo-boy. I know all writers go through this with their first book. Heck, probably with every book. Deep breath. Everything will be fine.

“Relax, love.”

My Muse drops a stuffed duffel bag beside the back door to my office. His blond hair is sunbleached, a counter to the bronze of his skin. His well-worn jeans and hiking shoes don’t quite work with the muscle shirt emblazoned with a surfing gator and “Spring Break” in eye-searing orange and green. He hangs a red hoodie on the coat tree.

“Where the hell have you been?”

He flashes his crooked grin. The skin around his eyes is noticably lighter than the rest of his face. “Enjoying some sunshine.” He makes a show of opening the door once again and looking over the yard. “And sand. You know, not that cold white stuff outside.” He shuts the door. “You do realize the equinox is in two weeks.”

“Your point?” We’re supposed to get another 6-9 inches of snow this weekend. Ugh. “Don’t you have some pull with Mother Nature? I mean, you being a Muse with a capital ‘M’ and all?”

He sits on a corner of my desk. “Naw. Besides, she’s got her own agenda. Last I talked to her, she was planning, and I quote–” he makes air quotes–“‘weather experiments’.”

Gulp. “Um, why don’t you tell her she can send Spring on stage. I think Winter needs a vacation.” Although this week was the first week in over a month where it didn’t snow, like, every other day.

He combs his short hair back with his fingers and chuckles. “Yeah, well, she can be really sweet, but when she’s in a mood …” He shrugs. “Anyway. Are you ready for the release?”

“You mean besides not being able to actually hold my brand-new novel until who knows when? Oh, and no press kit yet.”

“You got your website going, though.”

“Yes! Finally! And I linked it to my blog. And my blog has a link to my website.” About flipping time, too. One would think someone who worked in IT for as long as I did would have been able to finish it sooner.

“Maybe so, but you never did a lot with web stuff. You did more basic programming and regular troubleshooting.” He loops an arm around my shoulders. “You did fine, love. Now, let’s see what kind of wine and chocolate you stocked up on. I might have to make a run.”

I have to say I’m glad he’s back, even if I’m not writing just now. I have workshop handouts to finish, and blog reading to catch up on. Sorry I’m so far behind, but I’ll catch up.

You can find the link to my website at the top of the page, or right here:ย  Julie’s Author Website. It’s nothing fancy; I’m taking Dan Blank’s advice about keeping it simple. I’ll have to do some tweaks once the book comes out, and make sure I add the audiobook when it comes out on March 19, one week after the book.

I’ll be hunkering down during yet another snowstorm. Then rain next week. As if the 6-9 inches over the weekend won’t be enough.

Stay tuned! Stay safe! And keep writing!


Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, three chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

25 thoughts on “So close now #mystery #aviation #release #amreading

  1. You will be just brilliant Julie, how could you not.
    Trust yourself and your friends and let your book fly out. Some won’t like it but majority will.
    You just watch.
    You wrote what you felt and you can write. That is good enough.

    Mind you, I would be in a state too and probably shut down the computer. ๐Ÿค— .


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  2. It’s normal to be nervous about a book release. But it’ll go beautifully! You’ve prepared carefully, you’ve written a great book, and people will love it. You did your professional best, and that’s what matters.

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  3. I am so very proud of you, my friend! I will be ordering your book. Can’t wait!

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  4. Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!! That’s me being excited for you. If I were with you in person, and if we were both about 20 years younger, I’d be hanging onto your arms and jumping up and down with you in a circle. Grrr. So nervous about your hard copies arriving in time! Ok, phew. Deep breath. It will all work out fine.
    What is WITH that snow?! I mean, come on, Sky, give it a rest already!
    I just love when your muse comes in, and we always know it by him speaking out of nowhere and calling you love. Love, love that!
    Sleeping kittttttyyyy. Myar, myar, Zoe-zoe!

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    • LOL! I have a mental picture of that! And by this point I am resigned to not expecting to have hard copies before the Writers’ Institute. Sigh.

      Heh, he’s kinda sneakly like that. He’s a Muse, and maybe less fickle than some muses, but he’s a good one. Then again, I’m used to him, since he’s been my Muse for a long time. Maybe someday I’ll post a picture … or not. He’s giving me the stink-eye.

      Well, joy. It’s raining. Not a big deal, until it freezes. The more rain we get, the less snow, right?

      Ahhh, the life of a cat. Sleeping most of the day and having someone else do the work of feeding and petting. Oh, and cleaning the litter box. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Have a great weekend, Betsy!

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  5. Ha ha ha. Yes, we all go through it, especially with the first book, though each one bring a period of excitement and stress. I have to go over and visit your author’s site. Can’t wait for your release!

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    • I hope you like the website. It’s pretty barebones, but I can tweak it as needed. Once the book is released, I’ll make some adjustments. And I have to figure out how to add an events page.

      I can’t wait for the release either! The only thing that would make it better would be having hard copies in hand (oh, and being magically named a best-selling author ๐Ÿ˜€ )

      Have a great weekend, Diana!

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      • I did like the website – very professional and clean. My author’s site has a blog attached to it that I post once a month or so, specifically on my WIP, book stuff, and promotions. I would love not to have to do that, but now that my Myths blog is all over the place, I kind of like having a dedicated author site. It doesn’t get much traffic, but I think it’s important. Yes, and to be a best-selling author? Woo hoo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I am waiting for publication. Could you hurry the heck up?

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  7. Our winter seems to be hanging around, too. Eh, that’s okay. It’ll just make us appreciate spring that much more. Your author website looks great!

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  8. I can so relate to your list, Julie. And it explains why I’m dragging my feet on writing a second book! You have been doing great though, and if you stay in the present you’ll be fine. Love your author website. I signed up for your newsletter and I’ll be ordering your book. And I’m going to like it!

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  9. I was wondering where he’s been. My guy wouldn’t tell me, and I was concerned.

    Your website looks great. i love the counter. It’ll be here before you know it!

    And don’t fret too much. We all feel that way before a release. At least, I think so. Maybe it’s just me. Well, me and you. But I think it’s everyone. In any case, you aren’t alone.

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    • Thanks, Staci! There’s so much to think about with a book release, and all the marketing/promo stuff one has–well, should–do to garner readers, it’s a big like knowing you have to shovel a 6-foot drift out of the driveway. By hand. You gotta do it, or wait for it to melt (which who the heck knows when that will happen this year). Hope the nasty weather out your way missed you guys.

      Have a great week!

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  10. I’m very excited for you:) I feel those nerves each book!

    I agree Nature is being a bit fickle this year.

    Happy release week!

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  11. Julie, your website is awesome! Now why haven’t I finished (or even started) mine? *hangs head in shame*

    You are making great progress. And I still have those jittery nerves with every book I release. I don’t know that they ever go away, but at least you get used to them. Kind of ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I am so freaking sick of snow. We had more this past Saturday. Fortunately it fizzled and there are rumors of high 50s later this week. Here’s hoping you get a break from all the white stuff you’ve been having. I want those warm tropical locations where your muse was off enjoying himself!

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    • Thanks, Mae! Don’t feel bad about your website. It took me way longer than I expected it to. Most important thing I learned–keep it simple! (Thanks, Dan Blank! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

      Snow, snow, go away! We got another couple inches this weekend, after rain, of course. More rain due this week, and temps amazingly reaching 40. Which is super awesome except for the fact that nights will still be below freezing. Argh! I agree, warm tropical weather sounds really good right now!

      Have a wonderful week!

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