True Confessions of a Multi-Published Author
So here they are. The (not really) secret confessions of multi-published YA author. Are you ready to be scandalized? Or just amused?
Confession #1 - Sometimes I Play Favorites
I've heard some authors say they can't pick their favorite of their books or of their characters, that it's like choosing between your children. If that's the case, I'm doomed to be a terrible mother. I definitely play favorites. I'm not ashamed to admit my third book, A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE, is my favorite. That doesn't mean I don't love my other books, but I just kind of love this one more. Is that so wrong?
Confession #2 - I'm So Not Famous
Growing up, I always saw authors as celebrities. I wanted their autographs, I wanted to ramble at them about their work, I wanted to meet Sarah Dessen just as much as I wanted to meet Natalie Portman. To me, authors were famous! But let me tell you, two books in, I'm not famous. No one takes pictures of me when I leave my apartment dressed in sweats, no one recognizes me in the store (not even the bookstore), and when people ask me what I've written, they usually have never heard of my books. Authors might be celebrities to nerds like me, but to most people, not so much. And honestly? That's a good thing, because I wear sweats a lot.
Confession #3 - I'm not Rich, But I'm Not Poor Either
I always thought writers were either very rich or very poor, depending on their level of success. But I've discovered the truth is not so dramatic. In actuality, I'm neither rich nor poor. I make enough money to live comfortably, but sometimes I still eat Cheerios for dinner. And, from what I gather, this is the case for most professional writers. They may not be rolling in the cash, but they probably aren't starving either. And most of them have day jobs, too!
Confession #4 - Sometimes I Think I Suck
Somehow, I always thought that if I ever go t published, all of my low self-esteem would fade off into the distance - at least the writing related worries. But that's far from the truth. If anything, I'm more paranoid about sucking. What if my agent realizes I'm not actually a good writer? What if my editor hates my next submission? What if I'll never write anything this good ever again? With every project, I have at least one major "This is terrible!" freak out.
Confession #5 - And Sometimes I DO Suck
Most of the time low self confidence is all in my head, but other times, the book really isn't great. Selling three books doesn't mean every book after will be great. Selling three books doesn't mean every book will sell. You can still be rejected by an editor, or your agent can tell you a project isn't your strongest. Sometimes you have to scrap projects you love because its the wrong time - or just because they aren't as good as you think they are. It doesn't matter how many books you've published, your track record will never be perfect.
Confession #6 - Most Days I Don't Get Out of My Pajamas
Growing up, I always thought being a writer was all about jetting off on tour, wearing cool clothes, signing copies of my book, and meeting other cool authors. Somehow, I always forgot about the actual writing part. And while the other things do happen occasionally, they don't happen for everyone and they only take up a small amount of time. Most days, I'm just sitting in my bed in my pajamas hacking away on my laptop. Most days my hair doesn't get brushed and I don't put on makeup and my apartment is a mess! Most days I look like crap and I don't see anyone but my roommates and my characters. So it's a good thing Confession #2 is true because if I were famous, people would think I was a real slob!
And those are my confessions. It's funny how different your perceptions of a life can change once you're living it.
What about you? Are there any things you used to think about writing that you've since learned aren't true? Or do you have any writing confessions people might be surprised to hear? We'd love it if you'd share!
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