It’s never easy, but it can get easier.
At least that seems to be the trend; in the last week alone, I’ve completed revisions for the final draft of Scambait, have begun to work on the back cover copy, and I’ve initiated conversations with book cover designers.
And you know what? It feels good.
Sure, I’ve got my trepidations. So much work lies ahead. There’s book formatting, ISBN registration, seeking early readers for the sake of reviews and blurbs—the list goes on.
Through it all, what keeps me going is the thought that Scambait will, at some point this year, be out in the world. And I really enjoyed reading it again after almost a year away.
Seriously, I actually laughed out loud a couple of times, which, if you know me, is a rarity in the world of books. Was I laughing at my own jokes? I guess, yeah, but they felt less like my own jokes than they did like those of the books’ characters, which I think is a good sign.
… they felt less like my own jokes than they did like those of the books’ characters.
– on re-reading Scambait after a year away
So, the work continues. I’m hopeful that two weeks from now I’ll have back cover copy to share, and, optimistically, in 4-6 weeks we’ll be ready for a cover reveal.
I’m excited, are you? Tell me in the comments if you’ve ever experienced the above—laughing at jokes long forgotten in between reads of a particular book.
Or, if you’re an author having a similar experience in your own journey to publication, the comment section is waiting for you!
"Reminiscent of Hemingway and De Lillo. I highly recommend this collection."
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Such good news Ryan. Can’t wait to read. I have laughed at some of my characters scenes & also got a little teary-eyed. After so many years of working on their story, it’s all become pretty personal. Also hoping to publish later this year. Congratulations.