The writing has kept you actively engaged for weeks, months, years. You've created a great manuscript.
Now, you get to wait to hear from those beta readers, to hear from your editor, and if you're going traditional, you have the added joy of perhaps waiting to hear from your agent, then the publisher, then the public who will weigh in on your book with reviews.
If you're an Indie, then you have a very full plate, and you have to shift gears from creating a story you love to selling it.
In my case, no matter if I'm going traditional or doing it myself, this period also involves a touch of angst. My coping strategy involves two things: lots more exercise, like upping my walking and yoga and anything that keeps me moving. Then I plunge into another writing project, or I double down on my promo strategy, which, of course, I've forgotten from the last time, but that's another post.
Shattered was my last book, and I've done exactly what I've described. I'm now at the part of this process where I'm knuckling down and starting another project, so the cycle is complete...until the next time.
I thought that I'd find out how other authors managed this time between finishing a story and reading the reviews, so I asked a few. Here's what they said in order of their responses.
Since I’m also the senior editor at Dancing Lemur Press, that between time is spent focusing on our other book projects. (And sometimes my own.) I’ll focus on ads-badges-covers, promo, getting reviews or reviewers, setting up book tours, etc.—I cope by keeping very busy.
I’m not one of those authors with multiple manuscripts in the works, so I rarely write anything in between. Instead I focus on my music (I play guitar in a Christian band). Once the manuscript hits my publisher and starts going through the steps, I start looking at ways to promote it.
When I hit publish, I usually let myself have a couple of days off to play (and refresh the sales reports) but then it's on to the next.
I don't get paid unless somebody buys a book. Nobody can buy a book that isn't published. I can't publish a book I haven't written yet
The dopamine from fresh sales always feels sweeter and - for me - nothing sells better than a new book.
Sounds like a lot of us focus on marketing. Although more exercise is always good.
I like the idea of reorganizing.
I doubt I'd have any down time. I'd be working on my blog or getting ready to promote my book. I'd exercise a lot too like you.
I usually clean my house because by the time a book is done, it needs it!
I'm constantly reorganizing, cleaning up and cleaning out old ideas, seeing if I can use them in another essay. The work is constant but when I get that email saying another essay has been picked up, I sit back, breathe a sigh of relief, do a little happy dance, then get back to work!
We're as varied in our down time as we are in our approach to writing. Interesting group!
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