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March 02, 2016

Insecurity Overload - First Novel



I recently got the release date for Seismic Crimes and what did I do? 

Dance? Party? Sing at the top of my lungs?

Nope. I panicked.

Why? Well....

1. It's April 22nd which is not that far away.

2. I want to submit to big reviewers but most want your galley 3-4 months prior to the pub date. (I did submit, though.)

3. I need to start planning all the ways I can promote and get sh*t ready.

4. This is the sequel to my novella Hurricane Crimes.

5. This is my first novel.

6. I'm going to have to do all the things authors with print books do (book signings, festivals, etc), which I'm excited about but also SCARED to do.

Recap:
1. Scramble
2. Worry
3. Scramble some more
4. Insecure
5. Insecure x100
6. Freak-Out



So that means I'm asking for help...again...I hope you don't hate me. And because next month is the A to Z Challenge, I'm asking now.


A few options:

1. If you’re participating in the A to Z Challenge, you can share the blurb, image and links for Seismic Crimes on its release day, which turns out perfectly because April 22nd is for S.

2. Sign up for my blog tour which will start in May.



THANK YOU!!!!

Hugs for everyone! 

And if I can ever help you, please let me know. :)


135 comments:

Denise Covey said...

Hi Chrys. I'm not doing the A-Z, but i'll be on board in May for your blog tour. I have other commitments in May so I'll have to get back to you re possible dates.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Take a deep breath! You'll be fine. Just try to enjoy the moment too. I can post a blurb in May. I'm not doing the challenge this year. Oldest is graduating!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Bring on the freak out! LOL

Book signings and stuff are fun. I miss doing them.

I'm not participating in the A to Z and can help you.

Roland Clarke said...

Seismic Crimes will fit my A to Z theme perfectly, especially on the S day...

Sarah Foster said...

I would be freaking out, too! But at least there's a very good reason for the freaking out! I signed up for the blog tour :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats, Chrys!

And of course you panicked. You're a writer, after all. It's what we do. :)

TBM said...

Panicking is normal. I do every time I release something. But you also have to put your head down and get things done. Lots of chocolate helps me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Deep breath! It will all come together.

Nicola said...

You'll be fab at everything, Chrys. A bit of a panic is okay and then turn your nerves into positive excitement. I have no doubt you will be great at everything you do!!! Many congratulations!! Relish the fun ahead :)

Ravyne said...

Hang in there, Chrys! It will all be over sooner than later ;) I will promote you in April and would love to do a guest spot with you in May. ~Lori~

betty said...

Chrys, congrats on the release date! You'll do fine with everything and how exciting!

I can do a blog tour in May; I didn't put down a date but will let you assign me one, but do it later in the month of May so I can recuperate from A/Z and also read your book so I can mention it in the blog tour with whatever info you want me to include.

Good luck with it and have fun with it!!!

betty

Unknown said...

You have nothing to be worried about! You're dedicated to everything that you do and I know this novel will be no different. Your hard work will show. You can do this!

diedre Knight said...

Yay, you! Now give yourself the time to rejoice ;-) Then you can plunge into panic, though I don't know why you would; you got this! Write on, lady Chrys :-)

Chrys Fey said...

I'd love to be on your blog whenever, Denise! :D

Chrys Fey said...

*takes a deep breath* Thank you, Jennifer! Congrats to your oldest!! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I imagine them being fun but I'm still nervous never having done them before. :) Thank you! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see what your theme is. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

It is a good reason to freak out. Thank you so much! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Madeline! And it is what we do. ;)

Tamara Narayan said...

Good for you for getting out there. Yes, I can promote on April 22. Good luck!

Unknown said...

I'm not doing A-Z but i'm all signed up for your blog tour! I'm so excited for you! Don't worry, I'm a wreck too about all the release stuff. We'll fumble our way through it together <3

Pat Garcia said...

Congratulations! You have accomplished a major feat.
Shalom,
Patricia

Chrys Fey said...

I got a little better with not panicking as much but this is a big one! Panic I must! haha

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Alex!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for the pep talk, Nicola!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Lori!!! :D

Ann Carbine Best said...

Hi, Chrys. Thanks for stopping by Denise Covey's place today and leaving a comment on my guest post. You have a great site here. Lots of good information that I'll come back to. Yes, book promotion is a lot of work, and a bit scary. I wish you every success with Seismic Crimes. It sounds very intriguing.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Betty!

We can definitely figure out a date that works for both of us. :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Quanie! I appreciate that. :D

Chrys Fey said...

LOL! I'm still a newbie in many ways. ;) Thanks for your kindness and support, Diedre!

Pat Hatt said...

Everything will fall into place and away the insecurity will go indeed. Congrats on the release date as well.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Tamara!!! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Beth! Fumbling is what we do best. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Pat! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for returning the visit, Ann! Book promotion is a necessary pain. Thanks for your kind words!

Chrys Fey said...

I wish it would go away not but I'm just getting more nervous. haha Thank you!

Crystal Collier said...

Chrys, I am totally going on break or I'd be one of the first in line to feature you. Honestly, I don't know how things will shake down after I come back. Still, I'm keeping you in mind. I might give you a shout a little later this year when I'm feeling more sane.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Panicking is absolutely normal, Chrys. I am not sure if I will be travelling in May, else I would love to host you for a guest post. I will let you know soon.

sherry fundin said...

I am so excited and I think panicking is normal too. I used to hover over the schedule button (still do sometimes) on my blog...waiting for what, I don't know. Congratulations!!!!
sherry @ fundinmental Wordless Wednesday

Christine Rains said...

Take a deep breath. It's totally normal to freak out. I panic every single time a book comes out! I signed up for your blog tour, and I tried to sign up for the release day shout-out, but the widget thingy isn't working. Please do include me, though! :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You'll do fine. You are amazing. I'd never, ever guess you were sweating a bit.

Julie Flanders said...

You will rock this release! Congratulations and best of luck!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I agree with the others, freaking is perfectly normal because you'll do just fine. A year from now you'll look back and think, that was easy. LOL

Jeffrey Scott said...

Looking forward to reading your first novel.
Hope all goes well.
I'll help out in whatever way I can.

Kai Strand, Author said...

So excited for you! Congratulations!! You'll be fine, but I totally understand the freak out. Totally.

Suzanne Furness said...

Deep breathe, I'm sure it'll all work out. I hope you can enjoy the whole experience too. I'm not doing A-Z but could put a blurb etc up for you if you like.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for keeping me in mind, Crystal! A shout out any time would be awesome. :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Rachna! Seems my release and blog tour isn't the best time for many. *sigh*

Chrys Fey said...

Panic is normal but not fun. lol Thank you!!!

Chrys Fey said...

And you always have a book coming out! LOL! Thank you so much for signing up. Isn't not working? Oh no!

Chrys Fey said...

I am sweating. lol Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Julie!!!

Chrys Fey said...

I hope so! LOL

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Jeffrey! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Kai! I know freaking out is normal but it's not fun. Not one bit.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope I can enjoy it too. I have plans and really want them to work out. I'd love any help I could get. :D

Lisa said...

Stop! Breathe! Be excited! This is fantastic news and congratulations! I'm in the midst of packing my house and getting it ready to sell (hopefully), pretty sure I'm not doing A to Z this year (moping face here), but I can post on Facebook and Tweet if you'd like?

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Lisa! I would love it if you could post on FB or Tweet.

Chemist Ken said...

I'm not participating in the A to Z challenge, but I did sign up for your blog tour. As far as the freaking out and insecurity of you book goes, I suspect that's par for the course. You better get used to it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for signing up for my blog tour!

I know, I know. haha

Rachel Pattinson said...

I've signed up for the blog tour :)! I'd totally be freaking out too, but it's completely understandable. Just take a deep breath, make a cup of tea and try to enjoy it :). Oh, and congratulations on the book release! Can't wait :)!

Sherry Ellis said...

Yep. Scramble and freak. That's what happens when a new book comes out. I'm not doing the A-Z challenge, but I'll give a shout out for your new book.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Rachel! I love tea, so I will definitely do that. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'd love a shout out. Thank you so much! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys ... you do have a lot going on - but good luck with it all .. I'll try and remember Seismic Crimes for S day .. not sure I can make it fit .. but no doubt can manipulate something ... cheers Hilary

Kristin Smith said...

Yay, huge congrats, Chrys!! I signed up for your blog tour and I am so excited to help you out. Best of luck with everything, and let me know if you need me to do anything else. I'm happy to spread the word! :)

cleemckenzie said...

That is a tight turnaround, Chrys. You know I'll help with some tweets and fb shares and I'm looking forward to hosting you in June!

nashvillecats2 said...

Congrats Chrys on the release date, I wish you well.
Yvonne.

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck with your release! I don't have any posts scheduled for May yet, so I might be able to host you.

VR Barkowski said...

Isn't it strange how it takes so long to write a book, edit it, jump through all the hoops required to get it published, then suddenly the book is coming out and there's no time. I'm not doing A to Z, but count me in for the blog tour!

VR Barkowski

Murees Dupè said...

Congratulations! I definitely feel you on getting things ready ahead of time. I signed up for the blog tour, but I am willing to help out with anything else you need. Just let me know. Good-luck! Don't forget to rest a bit in between.

Cherie Colyer said...

Congrats! I signed up for April 22, even though I'm not participating in the A-Z challenge. I do spotlights on Friday so the works perfectly, and I'm happy to help spread the work about your book.

Loni Townsend said...

Woot about your release! A to Z stresses me out, so I won't be around. But I'll see you in May!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Hilary!

Chrys Fey said...

Yay! You rock, Kristin! Thank you so much!

Chrys Fey said...

I really appreciate that, C Lee! Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Yvonne!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! That would be great!

Nas said...

Awesome about your release! Sounds like you managed all your goals too!

Chrys Fey said...

I know. We have to suddenly scramble to get ready for when it's comes out. Thank you, VR!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Murees! I'll do my best to rest. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Great! Yes, even though some may not be doing the Challenge, if they can do something for my release, I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm not doing A to Z on my own blog. I'm taking a break, so I'll definitely see you in May. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Olivia!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, like April wasn't busy enough for you. Congrats though and it's good to know the date.

Chrys Fey said...

I know! I'm actually not doing A to Z on my own blog but I am helping with A to Z for IWSG (as you know) and Unicorn Bell. Busy, busy!

Thank you!

Adrienne Reiter said...

Congrats! I'm sure It'll be awesome. You're amazing with how you've managed to juggle thus far. It'll be great. How exciting!

J.L. Campbell said...

This is the way of it every time you have a new book out. Endless worrying and scrambling to keep all your bases covered.

Samantha Bryant said...

Congratulations! How exciting! (and yes, I can host you, but not do the AtoZ thing--I'm doing a different them all together).

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Adrienne! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I know, but I got used to just ebooks. This is an all new ballpark.

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay, Samantha! I'll take what I can get. :)

Juneta key said...

Wow, impressive. You go. Don't think I am doing A-Z, but did sign up for your blog tour. Congrats on the second book.
http://www.junetakey.com/

Anonymous said...

Your recap sounds about right.

Chrys Fey said...

LOL!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much! Well, first novel...5th ebook. ;)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Take a moment. Breathe. It's a lot, but you can do it. I'm feeling the same way right now. We will survive.

Chrys Fey said...

We WILL survive! :D

Gwen Gardner said...

Congratulations, Chrys! It'll be fine. Have a glass of wine. Oh no, I sound like Dr. Seuss for adults, LOL. I signed up :)

Liz A. said...

Congrats. Don't panic. It'll be fine. In fact, it'll be better than fine with not having as much time to stew about the book's release.

Chrys Fey said...

Dr. Seuss for adults. I like that!

Chrys Fey said...

That's a way to look at it. :)

emaginette said...

Looks like you have a bit of support here. Go figure :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Huge congrats Chrys. I'll have to check my schedule before signing up for the tour. But I signed up for release day.

Chrys Fey said...

The support is amazing!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Sheena!

Birgit said...

You wil do just fine. This is exciting and you will do well.

Misha Gerrick said...

Signed up for the blog tour. :-)

Anonymous said...

I signed up for your May blog tour. Release time is hectic, but I find it passes by better than I expected. You'll do great.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much for signing up, Medeia! :D

Chrys Fey said...

THANK YOU!!! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Birgit!

Romance Reader said...

Congratulations, Chrys! Signed up for the tour...

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I won't be around during the release, but let's make plans to do something as soon as I'm back. I'll do whatever I can to help - I'm in your corner.

CONGRATS!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much!!!

Chrys Fey said...

I love having you in my corner, JH! Thank you!!!

Yolanda Renée said...

Congratulations on your release. I'm just as bad as you but the final proof wasn't even completed until last week. A year and a half after submission, talk about last minute!
Thanks for the well wishes! I'll definitely mention your work on the S day!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Yolanda! I hope you're feeling better.

T.F. Walsh said...

Very excited for you, and getting nervous is all part of the game. Hope you get lots of responses from the big reviewers:) I've signed up for your blog release.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Good luck! And congrats! I signed up for the blog tour. I don't think I'm doing A-to-Z unless I falter onto a whole lot of extra time between mid-April and now.

CA Heaven said...

I'm probably gonna skip the A-Z challenge this year, because I have to little time and too much to do right now. Next year I'm probably back >:)

Cold As Heaven

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, TF!!!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Shannon! I'm not doing A to Z wither but thought it would be a good way to get the word out. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm skipping this year too but will be back next year for the Challenge.

sage said...

I'l be glad to host you and feature you on the 22 in my first ever A-Z challenge. I am making a bucket list of places I want to visit and I'm debating between the Suwanee River (the whole length of it) and Santiago (in either Cuba or Spain as I've been to neither). I'll have to be creative and think of a way to work in your novel. Congratulations, Chrys!

Chrys Fey said...

Well...San Francisco starts with an S. ;) Thank you! :D

sage said...

Yeah, but I been to San Francisco (many times as I some graduate work out there), but Santiago Chili is in a semsetic zone and I've not been there

Chrys Fey said...

That'll work. :)

Yanting Gueh said...

Chrys, don't know why but I'm feeling nervous for you, too, lol! There seems to be a lot to be done before the launch. But steady on, my friend. Everything will turn out well. I hope you'll have a grand time at the signings! (I can help tweet your launch and promotions instead of a blog post. Is this okay? Feel free to email me the tweets! I think crime novels tend to attract attention on Twitter better.)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm doing A-Z with IWSG, but even so May would probably be better for me. Rather than pick the days I can, it would be easier to say when I'm not available. I'll email you with the dates today. Hope this isn't a double. I had trouble leaving a comment.

Chrys Fey said...

You can be nervous with me. ;) I'd love for you to send out some tweets. I'll be setting up a Thunderclap campaign soon, so you can sign up for that. :D Thank you, Claudine!!!

Chrys Fey said...

I appreciate that, Joylene! :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Always. <3

Lidy said...

Congrats Chrys! I signed up for the tour! Freaking out and being panicKY is the norm. But don't forget to enjoy the release of your first novel just as much.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, Lidy!!! I will do my best to enjoy it. :D