Learning about what works

Summer time is busy around here. It’s a good thing I don’t have a regular work gig right now. Between lowering my golf handicap (yes, it IS a priority), gardening, house keeping and my newest grandchild’s early arrival I’ve had less time than I wanted to work on my second novel and put the finishing touches on my first one before I push the big Amazon publish button.

I have to admit that I have been experiencing some angst over the official launch of my first novel (a sci-fi thriller named The Ares Weapon) Just the usual expected and unwelcome thoughts; what if nobody buys it? What if nobody likes it? Etc.  I’ve discovered that most of these thoughts are the roots of procrastination and just general avoidance (after all, there are so many new releases on Netflicks that I want to see…)

The truth is I am a bit scared. After all, I’ve invested several months crafting the first book and I d like it to enjoy some success. I’ve sent it to a few beta readers, and their responses have all been positive and encouraging, but I am still worried.

Procrastination works because it keeps us from facing change. When I finally publish The Ares Weapon, I will have to face the consequences of my choice to be an author. I’ll no longer be able to wallow in TOTAL obscurity, secure in my own convictions that I am a good writer. My own opinion will not be the only one out there.

I guess the realization that I crave recognition is what I am facing more than anything. And that bugs me. As much as I want to be a loner, it seems that the need for social approval is deeply ingrained in even me. Rats!

So, to fight off the big procrastination beastie, I am committing here and now that Daughter of Armageddon will be published and available onAnazon at the end of August.

Il be posting excerpts on this blog over the next month to give you a taste of it.

If you’d like to get the announcement of the pre-launch and a chance to pick up the book at a launch discount price, just sign up to me email list and I’ll keep you posted. When you sign up you’ll get a free anthology of some of my short stories.

Now, where did I put that list of edits?