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I am riddled with insecurity about my novella, 30 Seconds, which is coming out September 10th. This story has encountered one set back after another, and I'm afraid these are signs that it's not going to do well, that the ratings are going to be low and the reviews harsh.
First, I had to pull it out of the galley phase to do extensive, last-minute editing. This is normally unheard of, but my editor was a gem and let me do what I needed to do to make sure I was 100% satisfied.
Second, the first cover art I got back was . . . wrong. It was far from my vision and didn't represent 30 Seconds in the least. The only thing it had that I wanted was the timer tied into the title. Everything else was lackluster and would've been better for a crime novel. (FYI: I don't get to work personally with the cover artist. I only have a form to fill out to express what I want.) Fortunately, I was able to personally select the stock photos of the woman and the police car to pass onto the cover artist for a quick fix.
Third, after I revealed the blurb this past Friday, a few people offered suggestions on how to change it. My editor and marketing team altered the original blurb I wrote, but the fact that people were offering suggestions made me doubt the blurb I had so much that, even though it's past the point to make major changes, I emailed the marketing director to see if I could change it. I am waiting for a response.
Anyway . . . I'm sorry for the rant.
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Here are the June Photos for my 100 Happy Days Challenge:
Last year, I wrote a letter for DEAR MOM, a project dedicated to the mother/daughter relationship. My letter was published in a book with countless other letters written by daughters. And these letters were used for a play, which had its world premier this past April in Philadelphia.
A graphic designer created this as proof that I am a heroine of steel.
And another one. ;)
UPDATE: In my last IWSG post, I mentioned a big day was awaiting me in June that could change my life for the better. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and positive vibes. I wrapped them all around me like a cloak of armor. Unfortunately, I won't know the results of this day for a while, but I'll let you all know if the results are good or not. :)
QUESTION: Have you encountered set backs while publishing a book?