The other day I attended a book launch for One Boy, No Water by Lehua Parker.
I have a contract for my novel with the same publisher, Jolly Fish Press. I must admit that I had some trepidation about the whole thing. I'd only met one or two of the Jolly Fish Press team, and I'd never met any of the other authors. I didn't even know Lehua Parker and I was going to support her at her very first book launch.
But I pulled myself together, did my hair, put on some makeup and headed up to the Barnes and Noble in Layton. I have to say that it was a great experience.
First off, there were a lot of people there, which is awesome. Poor Lehua looked ecstatic and frazzled all at the same time. Although I have to admit some jealousy toward her comfortable-looking Hawaiian dress. I'm going to have to seriously consider what to wear when my book launches, because I'd be one to don a pair of cute but totally uncomfortable shoes.
I spotted some of the Jolly Fish Press team and headed over to chat with them. Within fifteen minutes I think we had six or seven of the other JFP authors there, along with the editor, his awesome wife, the sub rights girl and a few others.
It was at that moment that a couple of very stressful weeks melted away and I totally geeked out. Authors, writers, my publisher...I suddenly remembered why I worked so hard to get this far and why I'm trying to blast through yet another rough draft that I'd like to toss out the window about every other day.
Stories make people happy. They make me happy. After talking to the other authors I wanted to read everyone's books. I wanted to tell everyone great job and support them however I could.
New Sight isn't scheduled to come until next October. I'm pregnant with a book for the next 12 months.
How great is that? No morning sickness, and it won't draw on the walls.
If you're feeling down about your writing or writing career, just go hang out with a few other authors. Trust me, it will rejuvenate you!