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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.