Justine: The Exhilarating, Nerve-Wracking, Terrifying Moment of Publishing a Book

Last week was a monster moment for me. Late Saturday night a week ago (when I totally wasn’t expecting it), I got an email from KDP telling me that my first book, His Lady to Protect, was available for pre-order on Amazon.

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AACKKK! THAT’S MY BOOK!

A multitude of emotions swirled through me. Happiness. Fright. Panic…lots of panic. I can’t take this book down. I really DO have to finish it now!

I cried, laughed, danced around the kitchen, shared my news with my husband (who was busy playing Fortnite with the kids, so it was a bit anti-climactic at first), and told my critique partners, who have been my day-to-day sanity over the last several years. They cheered!

When I’ve been out and about and friends ask about my book (better yet strangers that I meet when I’m in an airplane!), it’s nice to be able to tell someone that your book is up for pre-order (because all I’ve been saying for the last 6 years when asked if I’m published is “not yet”).

But now the real scary work begins. I received edits from my developmental editor (she made great suggestions) and it’s time to get my rear in gear and make changes to my manuscript. Once that’s done, I have to get my book loaded for pre-sale on the other e-retailers, plus come up with a marketing plan, get my full-wrap cover done, solidify my release schedule, and keep working on my second book.

In other words, only a few moments to…well…enjoy the moment. I’m sure more exhilaration, anxiety, and fear will abound when my book is actually out there for the world.

Have you hit “publish” yet? What emotions did you experience?

7 thoughts on “Justine: The Exhilarating, Nerve-Wracking, Terrifying Moment of Publishing a Book

  1. Congratulations! That’s great news!

    I haven’t published, but I did submit a short story once to a slush pile that was public. I was so nervous that I goofed it up the first time! All the emotions you talk about were mine; my hands were trembling from the adrenaline. Fortunately, I got a few nice comments; unfortunately, it wasn’t a good fit for the publication. But it did make me want to write more.

    Good luck with your edits, and launch!

    • Yes! Trembling hands, the checks and double-checks. I’m sorry they didn’t take your short story, but kudos on the good feedback! That’s always validating.

      Thanks for the good wishes! Fingers crossed!

  2. Congratulations, Justine, and good luck with the scary work 😉

    I’m not doing pre-orders so I haven’t hit “publish” on The Seeds of Power yet but I plan to do so before the end of the year. I’ve been through developmental edits and just finished copy edits, so I’m quite close now. I have the e-book cover. I still need to order the print version which I plan to do soon. Argh! Watch this space!

  3. I did a short pre-order–30 days, I think–on The Demon Always Wins. I was so freaked about missing my live date and getting put in Amazon pre-order jail I was shaking.

    But it turned out okay and I’m sure yours will, too!

    I didn’t do a pre-order on The Demon’s in the Details, but I plan to for The Demon Wore Stilettos. I know so much more about marketing now that I’m hoping to use the pre-order sales to achieve a high rank in one or two categories on release day.

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