Yep, this Texas Chick is back!
It has been awhile since I last stomped my boots all over Chick Swagger, and I’ve gotta say I missed y’all. Well, first off a little shameless shout-out for myself. A selfie with words, if you will. I’m finally a published author (and the screaming ensues). If only, right? But seriously, I really am published and I couldn’t be happier with the oohs and awes and gasps toward my debut release. I mean, I was even lucky enough to get the “Omigod she didn’t” reaction. Simply priceless.
But releasing my first book, amidst all the excitement, also had some unexpected moments as well. There was the initial exhilaration of seeing my baby moving up the charts, which meant people were buying the book. Oh praise heaven! People are buying my book! But then the realization hit home that they are going to read my book. Then afterwards, holy hell, the reviews are going to start to trickle in. And then the heart palpitations began to set in from the waiting for, the anticipating and dreading of that one single review that was inevitably going to come and literally send me to the most dreaded place an author can fathom. That’s right. I’m referring to the bottom of the Amazon rankings. The place where books go to die.
Most of the time reviews can be the bread and butter of a writer’s life. I’ll be honest here and say there is nothing better than reading about how a complete stranger fell head-over-heels in love with my book. But what to do when that not so flattering review comes in? There are a few options at hand for an author to consider:
1)You can kick and scream so much that your husband has to hustle the kids out of the house for an impromptu “Mommy Hour.”
2) You can ball your eyes out on the couch until you’ve surrounded yourself with a sizable accumulation of soggy tissues and fun-size Snickers wrappers.
3) You can drown your sorrows in a beer or two, or three, or four…..
4) You can do a combination of choices 1-3.
And then….. 5) You bitch slap that nagging little thought in the back of your mind telling you that you aren’t a good writer straight to the curb and go on about your day.
Most the time I go with number 5. I’ve never been the type of girl that likes to waste a good beer.
When life throws you a lemon how do you shuck it up and press on?
Well… I say kiss a chick, and then write the next bestseller.
Until next time, adios you lovely Chicks!