By: Ashley R. Carlson
Publishing your first novel can be quite an odd, surreal, harrowing experience. I should know--I published my first full-length work, "The Charismatics," two and a half weeks ago.
During the last six months, I've felt a lot of things--excitement with my new fantasy world, finding my true passion in life, and beginning the journey to turn said passion into a career--doing something I loved day in and day out and planning to make a living with it.
I imagined changing lives with my writing. Making a lot of money so that I could give it away, starting charities and bringing awareness to current ones, all while I continued to translate the beauty and sadness and feelings from this Earth into stories that readers would relate to, love, remember. Hold onto.
As I said, my debut novel, "The Charismatics," released a few weeks ago. Reception has been fantastic so far--I've got a number of four and five star reviews on Amazon, some from
readers I don't even know (this is huge;
validation that their words and critiques are not because they personally know
But how have I felt since the release? In one word?
You heard me. Blah. BLAH.
But why? Well
...I think the main reason is something a lot of authors go through
when they've published their first novel; you've spent two months or six months
(in my case) or one year or five years honing this thing into something
r eadable, sellable, and now it's out there in the world, and NOW all you can do
Wait for the reviews to come.
Wait for the numbers to get higher.
Wait for your royalties from Amazon to deposit in your account sixty days after a sale.
Wait for that better-known author/reviewer to give your work a chance, possibly to share it with their
readership and gain more sales and more clout.
So what do you do now that you've published this book baby and it's ALL in the readers' hands?
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