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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dread and Excitement Equals Insomnia

It's 5 o'clock in the morning (though it won't be when this posts to the blogosphere) and I'm cursing myself. I want so badly to be asleep. But Little Girl woke me up at 3:30am for her feeding, and I haven't been able to get back to sleep since then. So many thoughts rolling around in my head.

No point in wasting any more time. Since I'll probably be crashing in the afternoon, may as well get things done now.

I'm plagued by worries and things to do. I need to order things for book signings, I need to set up book signings. I need to update my website. I need to post about my upcoming contests. I need to email my blog tour people. I need, I need, I need...

And then I've been fighting this horrible anxiety. You know the one: What if nobody likes my book? What if I get so many negative reviews that it is BAD for my future? What if no one can FIND my book? What if people hate my cover and don't buy my book? What if, what if, what if...

Is there an official name for this feeling? It's called 'cold feet' before a wedding. Maybe we should give it a name. Paper sick? Hardly bound? Inkless? Suggestions?

30 comments:

Dominique said...

Inkless sounds so poetic. I like it. On the other hand, Hardly Bound has an accurate imagery, like the coming apart at the pieces. Your suggestions are already so good, I couldn't add to them. Interesting thought, though. Maybe there should be a word for this.

Jamie said...

I like 'Paper Sick'...that's cute! And hey, if you need an extra place to tour on your blog, I'd love to host you! (I only have 19 followers right now, but I'm climbing!)

David J. West said...

I like Inkless-BUT you have one fan who has read your book and loved it already.

KarenG said...

Make that two.

Ann Best said...

Oh dear Tamara. I know what you mean about insomnia. I sometimes am awake all night, like two nights ago. And I had a rough time with baby night feedings; I don't do well getting back to sleep when I'm hauled awake. Glad my babies are grown! Hang in there. It does get better.

But you do have a lot on your mind right now. Easy to say, but do relax. You just do the best you can. We do have to try to develop a tough skin to promote a book.

I'm a third fan of you book. I read a hundred pages of it last night and am very anxious to get back to it. The pacing is great. The suspense is wonderful. Don't want to go into details to give it away.

Don't worry about the blog tour. It's going to go. I think you're mostly suffering from lack of sleep! In such a state, one can feel like doom and gloom!!!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

True, true, Ann! I'm a monster with lack of sleep! Ask my poor children!

Don said...

I think it's actually called "Writer's Psychosis," and it's alive and well at this house, believe you me.

Best of luck, and I'm sure your book will do great!

BTW, sleep deprivation makes everything explode out of control.

KarenG said...

Okay Tamara that settles it. I'm doing something for you on my blog. Watch for it. I needed a new post today and you're it.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi, I found you through Karen G. Your book sounds great. If you want to add more followers, I am one now, but even more, there is a Viking Blog BBQ, directions are on my site last Tuesday and I will post it again tomorrow.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Lynda Young said...

I've come over from KarenG's blog. I love the cover of your book and I wish you success. It sounds like a fantastic read :)
Lyn

Jennifer Lane said...

Hey Tamara, KarenG sent me :) Any friend of Karen's is a friend of mine. I love the plot of your book...family drama is my favorite. Good luck!

Liza said...

KarenG sent me along. Your book sounds great and you sound strong. I'm cheering for you.

Theresa Milstein said...

I just came over from Karen G's blog. I wish you the best of luck with your book.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

All right, Karen! I'm going to have to go see what's going on!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I too came over from KarenG's blog to wish you all the best!

Jennie Bailey said...

I popped over from KarenG's blog to show you some love - and I can identify with your insomnia! There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep because you can't shut your head off. I hate all the worries that float around. I have to make lists and cross things off or I might never sleep! Looking forward to your book!

Glynis said...

Popped over from KarenG's blog. I have added a permanent link onto New Book Blogger. It is a blog I run for authors to show off their books for nothing. http://newbookblogger.blogspot.com/

Relax for five, we have it covered in the blogging world. LOL

Joanna St. James said...

hey am following you from Karen's blog, just so i can keep my eyes peeled out for your wonderful book.the book cover is very ingenious for YA and i will be glad to interview you when your book is close to coming out good luck and congratulations on your new baby

Old Kitty said...

HI!

I came over from KarenG's blog to wish you all the very best with your book and book launch!!!! Yay for you!!! Good luck!!!!!
Take care
x

Ellen Brickley said...

Hi Tamara,

I came over from KarenG's blog too :) I wish you every success with your book and I'm looking forward to buying it for Kindle (I'm in Ireland, so I doubt I can buy the print copy here - I also can't buy a Kindle but I can get software to let me read Kindle books!).

Really, I wish you ever good luck. You deserve it. Take care!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thank you, all of Karen's followers! It warms my heart that you came to visit me! I'll definitely return the favor!

Terri Tiffany said...

KarenG sent me though I would have come on my own if I could have found you. Just want you to know that I will be praying for a huge God-like success for your book and that you get that comfort you need right now! Blessings!

Hart Johnson said...

Urgh! That anxiety/anticipation is a biggie... how about bound bound or bound squared? (see what a geek I am?) Anyway, I wish you a ton of luck with the release, and hope you manage to get some sleep between now and then.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

KarenG sent me and I can't wait to buy your book! Hang in there, and know that things will work out as they should.

Ann said...

Hi Tamara, popped over from KarenG's. I look forward to the release of your book. Take deep breaths. You are published. Celebrate!!!! :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I also feel that anxiety of a book coming out! Just reading how another writer has the same worries about reviews and what to do to prepare for a release, that has made my day somehow. I'm with you.

Glynis said...

Tamara...look in sidebar you now have a permanent spot. Good Luck. http://newbookblogger.blogspot.com/

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thank you, Glynis!

Nicki Elson said...

I call it "Careful what you wish for." Been there, baby, still there most of the time. Whenever I shut out everything and take a few moments to pray and hand my worries over, I find the time and the answers almost always materialize.

Gotta say, even this blog post is beautifully written, I can only imagine your novel is too and that WILL be noticed.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Really, Nicki? thanks! That's such a nice thing to say!

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