Why I'm not famous yet and other lies I tell myself
Writing a novel is hard. Finishing that novel is the apotheosis of months or years of work. Take a moment to revel in the persistence you’ve shown. That’s enough. Don’t be a narcissist. The fact is, there is no true completion in writing. There is just a point where you throw your hands up and walk away.
After you finish your writing project the real work begins.
Celebrate your win on social media
Read and revise
Explain to your friends and family via social media about why your book isn’t published yet
Read and revise again and again until you need glasses
Update social media about why there is still no book available
Read your beta analysis
Revise with beta analysis complete
Edit one last time
Post on social media that you are now querying, and hope a highly connected agent follows you on Instagram
Begin agent submissions
Cry and cut your hair
Check your email 5 times per minute until you get an ulcer
Drink a bottle of wine when you see how much time and money you spent bringing your darling to life
Explain to your family over Thanksgiving the detailed reasons why you haven’t received a 6 figure offer yet, and why you think bangs were a good idea
Begin receiving agent feedback
Revise and resubmit
Drink and try to will your hair to grow back
Post about how happy you are on Instagram while wearing a Panama hat
This is as far as I’ve made it into marketing My Mother Road. Hopefully I’ll have better news for you soon.