So, we’re thirty days from the release of THE FAR EMPTY, and some nights I sleep better than others.
Some nights I don’t sleep at all.
It’s an interesting and nerve-wracking experience. And for all the daydreams I’ve had about my first book’s release, none of them included the anxiety I’m struggling with. Of course, in some ways, it’s silly. The book is written, it is what is, and even if I could go back and change it, I wouldn’t.
I’ve been lucky to have met some tremendously supportive author friends over the last eighteen months, and my publisher and publishing teams have been fantastic every step of the way. I know they’re doing everything they can to make the book a success, and no matter what happens, I can’t say I didn’t get plenty of exposure or a helluva of a push. I’m going out a on book tour! What more could any debut author want?
The best way I’ve found to deal with the nerves, is to throw myself into some other books. Here are a few things I’m reading now:
Like every other time in my life, I've found my greatest escape in books. Even though my own novel is coming out soon, there's nothing I'd rather be doing than reading someone else's words.
There are tremendous authors, amazing writers, putting out great books each and every day. I'm fortunate that I've gotten to know a few.
The publishing business is a strange one, unlike anything I’ve experienced in my twenty+ years of federal law enforcement. It’s both incredibly satisfying and frustrating (and that’s saying a lot from someone with the job I have), but right now, I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.