On sale now! What do I feel?
For starters, I feel like it’s about time! I finished writing Sweet Salt Air a year ago, and though my publisher needed these months to publish the book well – and they have! – I feel like you all have waited forever. On one hand, I want you hungry, so that you’ll race out and buy the book on the very first day it goes on sale. On the other hand, I hope you haven’t been angry with me for making you wait so long. So, a huge thanks for your patience.
What else am I feeling as my on-sale date finally arrives? Exhausted! In addition to working on my next book, I’ve spent the last six weeks writing blogs, updating my website, bugging my publisher about the video they’re producing, posting Facebook updates, answering Q&A after Q&A, some of which were long and in depth. Occasionally, I wanted to tell an interviewer to check out my blog for a particular answer – only one does not do that. Politely, patiently, one writes answers to question after question, being grateful for the opportunity to be heard.
I also feel relieved. Sweet Salt Air actually did leave the warehouse and, as far as I know, has reached the stores. Trust me, this is no small concern. One year, UPS went on strike the day before my books were due to leave the warehouse via, you guessed it, UPS. Another year, a new Harry Potter came out the same day as my book, so that, I swear, every other book in the universe sat in a storeroom until Potter-mania played out.
So Sweet Salt Air is really going on sale. Now I’m starting to get nervous. My book is my baby, and this is its public debut. What if people don’t like it? Yes, there have been some wonderful early media reviews, but many reviews appear only after the on-sale date. Will they be good, bad, mixed? Actually, there is one thing worse than a bad review. That’s a review that gives away the whole story. I just got one like that and am hiding it away so that it doesn’t spoil the book for the rest of you!
Mostly, though, right now I’m excited! I love Sweet Salt Air and am dying to have you all read it. It’s dedicated to a very special person in my life. I just signed and sent a book for her, and I told her parents that if my book turns out even half as well as this special little person has, I’ll be thrilled.
How’s that for a teaser?