Now that I’ve had over a dozen releases I get asked does the feeling wear off?
Nope, that shiny just released feel smells as good as ever.
What about the nerves?
Yep I still get them. What will people think? Will the reviewers like it or savage it? Gee, I hope I get some good early reviews. Should I do a blog tour, a goodreads giveaway? What else should I do to promote the book? OMG have I done enough to promote the book? What if there’s a typo that went undiscovered?
Much of the nerves are related to things I can’t control so I try and let them slide. The promo depends on the book. I’ve been trying out a few things. I think a goodreads giveaway for print books is good. It gets people seeing my name. Ditto for blog tour. Other promo items? I don’t know. It can be easy to spend heaps and get few results. I love bookmarks. I pick them up at conferences—I have bought books because I’ve picked up a bookmark. I sometimes get some sticky note pads made up as they are good to giveaway as part of a prize pack.
Now I’m going to go and celebrate the release of Dark Secrets (ebook and audio) by having a hot chocolate and listening to it (while I’d never read my book once it’s published, listening to it is kinda fun;) )
Six years ago, Haidyn Mast left his home and his betrothed Anisa to follow his magical calling. Too weak to join the Arcane Guild and too ashamed to return home, he has made a life as a prostitute--to all outward appearances. In truth, he sells his mind but not his body, using magic to let his clients experience their most secret fantasies while his hands stay clean. Even the Lawman, the arbiter of justice in Reseda, is one of his clients, but Haidyn would rather not know the extent of that man's depravity.
Though successful, Haidyn is shunned as a whore and his lack of formal training is causing his power to grow out of control. He's ready to retire and leave the city, but when he sees his Anisa standing at Lawman's side, he knows he must rescue her from the abusive enforcer. Risking his life and his sanity, he devises a plan, knowing that failure will mean death for him, and a lifetime of torment for her...