It Doesn't Get Easier - And That's a Good Thing
So yeah, it makes sense to be scared before your first book comes it. It'll get easier as you publish more right?
I don't think so.
My second book comes out in less than a month, and I am even more nervous than I was last year about the first. I've heard a few people talk about "second-book-jitters," and I think I understand that now. Because on top of all the same fears from the first book (no control, people might hate it, you can't change it now), you have one new one: disappointing your fans.
Because what if the people who loved your first book don't love your second book? And what if they decide not to read the third?
So, if anything, my experience has shown me that it gets harder as you go. The fears don't leave. New ones crop up. You're still on Goodreads waiting for new reviews to come in, biting your nails and praying for the best.
And, you know what? That's a good thing.
No, really, it is. Because the minute you stop worrying, the minute a new book release stops being scary, might be the minute you've become apathetic. We're worried because we care. Because we WANT to please our fans. Because we want to know we did the best job we could. And with every book, that fear will likely still be there. It's good to care about the things you love. It's good want to write the best book you can. It's good to want to please your fans, even if sometimes you have to remind yourself that you just can't please everyone.
So the worry, as annoying as it is, is good.
So don't believe that it gets easier with every book you publish. Maybe once you've published ten or fifteen you just get used to the anxiety, but before that, no so much. It might not get easier, but that isn't a bad thing. After all, once something becomes too easy, it just isnt' fun anymore, right?
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