Happy Wednesday, Reading Nook readers!
Today, I am THRILLED to share a guest post by Heather Demetrios as the official I'll Meet You There blog tour!
Her latest contemporary title, I'll Meet You There was released earlier this month! Today, we have her on the blog to talk about her publication journey, and to also give away a copy of this amazing book!
A Guest post by Heather Demetrios:
Author of I'll Meet You There
February 2015, Henry Holt BYR
Question: Heather, you've had such a remarkable publishing journey over the past few years. Could you share a little on how your understanding of publishing has changed, especially with the release of I'll Meet You There?
Before you sign your first contract, publishing is sort of this ephemeral land of book genies. No matter how much research you do, you don’t really know much about it. Like most authors, I thought that once I had a book deal all my problems would fade away. NOT! In some ways, my problems seemed to multiply (kinda like, as Biggie says, “Mo money, mo problems.”). First, some perspective: these are first world problems. Worrying about if anyone is going to buy your book is not the same as worrying that you won’t be able to eat today. I get that. Having perspective is key to surviving life as a published author—more on that later.
The first thing you will experience is an adjustment to the ownership of your book. You go from your baby being just yours to it suddenly belonging to loads of people. This can be a little disorienting. These other people have opinions on the work itself, but also how it will look when it goes out in the world (I don’t have kids, but I imagine I’d want a say in whether my kid goes to school looking like he came out of an Urban Outfitters ad versus something decidedly less hip. You feel me?). It can be difficult to relinquish control over things related to the marketing and selling of your book, especially if you rock a Type A personality like, ahem, some people.
Another thing: because your book is now in the hands of a large corporation, it can be challenging to reconcile art and commerce. Every author has to find their balance with this. If you know of one, please tell them I want to know this ultimate secret of the universe. Sometimes, in the fear of wanting your book to be successful, you lose your grasp—sometimes just the tiniest bit, sometimes a lot—on what you love about bookmaking in the first place. This is a good time to sit down and fall back in love with getting immersed in the worlds of other people’s books. And having fun when you sit down to write—play is important!
It can be really hard to be one of hundreds, thousands, of books that are coming out. To you, your book is the most important thing in the world. To your publisher, it’s another title on the list—it might be a title they adore and are working their butt off to give it a great introduction to the world, but it’s still one of many titles that need some TLC from the dozens of people charged with getting that book from your computer to a bookstore. I have a mentor who recently told me, “Publishing makes no sense.” I’ve kind of taken this to heart. Not to hate on publishing, but to know that for me, the writer, it will never make sense. What makes sense to an artist does not always make sense to a business. In order to reconcile this, I’ve found a few things to be helpful.
Writer friends who get it
Celebrating all the good stuff
Trying to find joy and perspective and balance amidst the not so good stuff
Taking breaks from social media in order to recharge your creative batteries
Taking a vacation
Now that my debut year is over, I’m looking forward to being a little less in the dark about the process. I’m also more aware of ways in which I can successfully reach out to readers and give my entrepreneurial spirit a workout. I am so grateful to be published, to be one of the chosen few that can say that. I’m lucky to have people who find the mistakes I make and fix them before other people see them (copyeditors – I love you!) and designers who make gorgeous covers so that my words live in pretty homes, and editors who are hopeless romantics, and book nerds who geek out over my characters and then search for ways to share my book with other book nerds
Publishing a book is so much more than I ever imagined: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s a ride I will never stop buying tickets for—it’s truly the thrill of a lifetime.
Thank you so much for providing such a honest, thorough answer, Heather. I know that I'm inspired both as a reader, but also as someone who has wondered how the innerworkings of the publishing industry function!
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