Publishing a book is amazing, I would never deny that, but it is also TERRIFYING.
Will people like it? Will people buy it? Will people HATE it and want to burn it and stab it with bacteria infected knives?
Aside from my publicist, my editor, my agent and my husband there has been one group of folks that have kept me sane in this TERRIFYING time.
I feel like book bloggers often don’t get their due. Usually their blogs are a labor of love, just like a book is to an author. They don’t get paid for it, they do it because they love books and reading. They work tirelessly to help promote the books they love for no other reason than they love them. Well, and free books and swag, but I was amazed by how many bloggers received review e-ARCs of my book and *STILL* bought a copy. That’s just the kind of awesome people I am talking about.
I can’t tell you what it means to a debut author like me to read an amazing review for my book on a blog. What it means to have a blogger tell me they can’t wait for my next book, that they want to create a time machine so they can read it now. What it means to be having a bad day and have a message from a blogger just saying hi, or commenting on my blog, or just telling me again how much my book meant to them.
Throughout the launch of my book, I have been in contact with hundreds of book bloggers and have never found one that wasn’t professional and passionate. Those are the kind of people you want having your back. I am lucky to call several book bloggers friends now. You know who you are. 🙂
So thank you bloggers and reviewers who have loved and helped promote PRETTY AMY. Thank you bloggers and reviewers who haven’t loved it for being honest and professional. Thanks to bloggers and reviewers for promoting other amazing young adult titles to help keep the genre viable.
I know we don’t always have time to say it, but authors love you and appreciate you!