Angie’s Randoms: Contracts and Reviews—the Nightmare Continues

Though it’s not on the following list, rejection is the underlying theme in all of these writer fears. Look closely. Can you see it??

1. Quality. This one looks a lot like what Susan talked about, when a book that was supposed to be the next Heathers turns into Dude, Where’s My Car? What scares me is having the exact image of a story in my head—the setting, tone, everything—so solid and literary, and having the actual written story turn out nowhere near it.

2. Reviewers. I have this nightmare. It goes something like this: a new message pops up in my email inbox, and it’s an update from all of my friends on Goodreads. I scroll through and everyone has rated my book a 2 or 3.

3. My Blog. I love blogging, and reading my friends blogs. But yes, my blog does produce some stress in my life. What if I can’t find anything to write about? What if no one reads my blog? What I’m boring? OK, I know I’m boring, but what if other people realize that??

4. Buzz. I need to repeat a mantra to myself these days. It’s out of my hands, it’s out of my hands, it’s out of my hands. Scholastic is going to do everything they can to build buzz, and so am I, and basically…I just need to move on!

5. Book Two in a Contract. Expectations, expectations, expectations! The book has been acquired, and it’s not even written yet? Does that seem a little stressful to anyone else?

~AF

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3 responses to “Angie’s Randoms: Contracts and Reviews—the Nightmare Continues

  1. A-

    I’ve always had to write the book under contract. On the one hand, I have more gray hairs than I’ve ever had. On the other, I’ve gotten even more gray hairs thinking I need to write an entire book and wait to see if anyone buys it–and then they don’t. (I’m getting gray hairs just envisioning this scenario!)

    -S.

  2. See, I’d rather write the whole book first. I am going to be writing on contract soon, and have already done one book that way, and I think I have a few new gray hairs too!

  3. I think writing on contract is hard and vowed never to do it again–then I sold three book on contract–sigh. I mostly gain weight dealing with this–double sigh.

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