Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August Insecure Writer's Support Group

IWSG Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Okay. My second book is being prepped for the world to see, and I'm terrified.


My betas say that Shadow Warrior is a better book than the first volume. It goes deeper with my characters, and the world is fleshed out even more. It's a richer book than Dragonfly Warrior for sure. And darker.


My cover is kick ass. My book trailer's pretty good.


But the "high" from getting my debut out there is now gone. I know a bunch of people who bought my book because they thought it was neat. "Hey look, I know this guy here who wrote a book." I'm pretty sure they didn't read my book.


Who will by the sequel to my first book? People who actually READ the first volume and like it enough to continue my series. How many people is that? I'm thinking it's a pretty small number.


Also, the publication process this time around has been rough. You'd think my experience would help, but I've had all kinds of delays. This book was supposed to be published this week, but it's looking more like September 1st. I wonder if I'm allowing the delays to happen in order to avoid facing my fears. I don't know.


This is the insecurity I'm fighting. I'm up against the "sophomore slump." Despite these fears, I'm still damn proud of Shadow Warrior. It's still got all kinds of fun action and fast pacing people loved in the first book, but it's a much better novel.


I guess I'll hang my hat on that to keep my sanity.


40 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Have faith that people will continue and enjoy your second book. And be proud of it. I'm still proudest of my third because I know it hit every note, even if not everyone who began with the first book ever reach it.

Samuel Bledsoe said...

Sounds like you're proud of this book. I know when I used to read series of books, the second was the one that kept me into the series. It would seem that the minority that reads the second is much more important than the majority who didn't, because they'll be the ones that read a third and then convince everyone else why they should be reading these books.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL! I know the feeling, Jay. I think a lot of family and friends do that - they are excited for you and buy the first book, but when the second comes out, their reaction is "Oh, you wrote another one? Do we have to buy that one, too?"

Believe in what you wrote.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Maybe try not to put too much pressure on one book? I think something to keep in mind would be the fact that people can - and will! - find your books at a later date. Maybe someone will read your fourth or fifth novel, love it, then go back to find everything you've written. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Pat Dilloway said...

I'll have to buy a copy whenever it does come out because the first one was great.

Miranda Hardy said...

I think this is a pretty normal fear, for sure. It'll be great though, I just know it.

Christina Mitchell said...

Since I'm unpublished, I don't know what words to say, other than, your fears sound normal and we all get better as we go along. Usually the first book in any series is not my favorite. In the Sword of Truth series I read twelve of those books and I only loved one (the sixth book, Naked Empire was SO GOOD). Even though I didn't love the first book, I was intrigued enough to keep going.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I'm going to adopt your attitude!

Samuel: You're right. And the 2nd book in a series tend to be my favorite too.

Diane: I know! It's like we're a novelty of sorts.

Madeline: You're right. It's going back to how important it is to have multiple titles out.

Pat: That means SO much to me. Thank you.

Miranda: As always, thanks for your encouragement.

Jay Noel said...

Christina: That's an interesting point. I don't think I've ever read a series that went six books deep, though!

Emma Adams said...

I've heard that having more than one book out in a series can help boost sales of the first - I hope that's true, because my second book comes out later this year! I know a lot of people who bought my first book but never read it, and I think that's pretty normal. :)

Jay Noel said...

Emma: Yeah, it's par for the course. Good luck with your 2nd book. I need to check out your first one.

Charity Bradford said...

Ah, the sophomore slump. The fear of that stopped me from writing my sequel for a year. Good for you for finishing it and getting it out there! Good luck with the release.

Here's the link to my IWSG post: My Writing Journey

Jay Noel said...

Charity: Yes. There's something legit about the "sophomore slump." Totally inside my head, I know.

Loni Townsend said...

I think your fandom will continue to grow. Sorry to hear about the delays, but great to hear the release is coming up soon!

Loni

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Yes, very important to keep one's sanity. LOL. Although, I've heard a little crazy goes a long way in our craft. Kudos to you for writing a block buster. Yes, we must think BIG. Happy IWSG.

jaybird said...

Awesome cover! Best of luck. As long as you believe in your work, I feel like that's all that matters. If other people like it, that's just a bonus! :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Hanging on to your sanity is important. You'll have doubts whether it's your second or tenth book. You'll even wonder why you bother, but the love for this crazy craft and inspiration will keep you going.

farawayeyes said...

You can still say your proud of the work; at the end of the day, isn't that what counts?

Take a few deep breaths and then let them out. Let this baby go and know you did your best.

Pat Hatt said...

The more books you put out the more people will come. Just have to keep writing away and not be afraid to do so

Mark Noce said...

Very nice:) How'd you make your trailer? Did you hire someone or do it yourself?

M Pax said...

All I can say is, this business is fickle and you can't take it personally. I have a new series starting, which has me chewing on my nails. Be sure to put me on your list to help get word out about your new book.

Lucinda W. said...

Writing is a journey, not a race. Relax and enjoy it. And congrats on the new release!

Michelle Wallace said...

Best of luck with the new release, Jay!
The cover is lovely.
... and you are obviously very proud of the book - just hang onto that!

Elizabeth Hein said...

The only advice I can offer is the keep on keeping on. It sounds like you believe in this book, so trust that your readers will enjoy it. I've heard many times that the best way to promote your first book is to release the second so it sounds like you are on the right track.

cleemckenzie said...

Being proud of what you write is wonderful. That means you've done your very best. Good for you.

cleemckenzie said...

Being proud of what you write is wonderful. That means you've done your very best. Good for you.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm right there with you. eARCs for my sequel were supposed to be out last week, but guess what? They're not. They will hopefully go out next week, but not until one more stamp of approval with my publisher. Here's to seconds and believing it when people tell you it's better than the last, eh?

Lexa Cain said...

Don't think about the sophomore slump. Every author worries about every next book, but they (and you) have more experience under the belt and will do things better every single time. Thanks for the quote you left on my blog - I love it! :)

DEZMOND said...

we do like the cover!

Patricia Lynne said...

I totally relate to the second book publication fear. My second book release was a disaster (recently I relaunched it after a complete re-edit and new cover.) It seems, as writers publishing books, there's always something new to learn or some new fear to overcome. eek!

emaginette said...

Exciting, thrilling, terrifying. Yes and so much more. Time to write another book hehehe

Anna from Shout with Emaginette

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Sales for your first book will probably pick up once the second is released. There have been a couple of article on the phenomenon. So--yeah!

G. B. Miller said...

Felt the same way about my first book too. I agree with the commenter above me, in that once a 2nd book is released, sales from the 1st will pick up. in my case, my 2nd will be reissued of my first, but I still have the faith.

Father Nature's Corner

Christine Rains said...

I felt the same way writing my series. I LOVED your first book. So I can't wait to get my hands on this next one.

Rhonda Albom said...

I don't even have a first book yet, but from the blog reading I do, yours is a normal thought process. Not that know that will help, but maybe it will.

Michael Ignacio said...

I was quite fortunate to be one of the beta readers for this project. I enjoyed it very much and I can’t wait to read Iron Warrior one day. Great job on the stories, Jay. Keep it up. I believe in you and I’m very proud to call you friend and brother.

Stephanie Faris said...

I think we'll always have that fear...even wildly successful authors have it. Many of them remain successful by realizing the only thing they can control is the writing. When you focus on writing a good book, you'll know you did your best and if it doesn't sell well, you did all you could do. The promotional part of it is what is always going to be scary. We don't know what we should be doing to get it in the hands of more readers so they CAN love it...and that part is really frustrating.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Dude, I'm so buying a copy. The first book kicked ass.

Intangible Hearts said...

You are awesome and I'm sure your second book is even better. Can't wait to read it but my list right now is getting longer and longer. The tough part of having friends is you promise to read their books. LOL So I have all these friends I've met at the PSWG who are sending me their book. One step at a time. Aack! Anyway, you are definitely on my list and you are a friend too. Best wishes with everything.

Carrie Butler said...

I felt the same way when I published my second book! Thankfully, it helped me figure out who my real readers were—which always helps with marketing. :)

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