Friday was my official launch day for You Will Never Be Him. I cannot thank my friends and family enough for helping spread the word and share on social media.
So here’s the good, the bad, and the crazy of my first book release:
My copies arrived ON launch day instead of January 3rd like the shipping initially said. I thought I would cry instantly, but it was delayed due to disbelief. It felt unreal holding something I wrote. At first all I could do was stare at the cover as I tried to figure out what to do next. I skimmed a couple pages and kept thinking I saw misspelled words. In a panic I reread each line and realized it was just me overreacting. Then it hit me: I wrote a book.
I WROTE A BOOK!
Now I have a stack of copies I can share with friends and family. Can anyone guess what they’re getting for Christmas 😉
The only thing that didn’t turn out the way I thought was the back cover. The text blew up huge and was not aligned like I had set on the outline. Still trying to figure out what happened, but honestly that being the only bad thing isn’t THAT bad. I plan to edit and upload the revision this week. I keep telling myself this is all new to me and mistakes are bound to happen.
That’s me! Seriously, I feel like a crazy person. I have not had the time to focus on my writing and promotion of this book like I had hoped. Changes in my job and schedule this past month (that’s a whole other post I need to get written) have drained me. I haven’t had time to do much of anything aside from sleep and work which isn’t great for my family, household, and writing endeavors.
Whether this book does well or not I want to keep writing for my own sake and not having the time to invest makes me feel pretty crummy. I’m praying this is a short season of my life and that the feedback I get from readers will encourage me to keep going.
Trying to get people amped-up about a book that’s not out yet by an author who’s never published a book before is quite the task.
Simply putting the title out publicly a few months ago was terrifying, and now I’m moving on to the cover blurb.
I’ve written dozens of variations, shared with two critique groups, and stared at it on the computer screen for hours. I still don’t think it perfect and probably never will, but I have to have one.
So without further ado, here is my current in the works blurb:
You Will Never Be Him When Chelsea Thames’ family moves the summer before her senior year, her life is turned upside down. No more small town living, no more quiet social life, no more Roger. In an effort to move on from all she’s ever known, Chelsea creates a whole new persona with one goal: survive high school. Her plan unfolds surprisingly well as she scores Garrett Murphy, star football player, as a rebound boyfriend and takes the school by storm. She thinks she has it all figured out until her heart gets pulled in yet another direction, and life becomes an impossible balancing act between her new image and her true self.
Let me know what you think!
If you enjoy young adult novels would this be a book you would open?
If you are one of my beta readers and know the story, does this sum it up well?