It wasn’t until it was all said and done that I finally was able to step back and see just how stressed out I’d allowed myself to get over To the East. I did this thing, as I am often wont to do, where I detach emotionally when I’m feeling overwhelmed, to the point where I was totally apathetic over the whole book. I didn’t care if it was good. I didn’t care if it made sense. I just wanted it done.
Now that it’s been a few weeks, I’ve had a chance to settle down and take a breath. I even went up to the central coast this last weekend just to give myself a little mental break and reset my brain a bit.
I took in the beautiful scenery!
I looked at some beautiful art!
I even made some new friends!
Turns out, it was exactly what I needed. I had been avoiding any and all writing-related tasks since I hit “publish” last month, even though I knew I needed to go through and give TtE a thorough proofread, at the very least. I hadn’t been able to bring myself to do it, until I got back from my little trip. Then Monday, I got cracking.
I found more little errors than I expected, but I got them corrected and submitted the new files. Luckily minor updates like this don’t require a new ISBN or anything, so in the end the half dozen or so people who got copies of the first go (all family and friends) will have the Special Edition Typo Edition edition. I’m okay with that.
I did have some good news with TtN last week that helped with the boost to my mood, as well. I ran another free promotion on Kindle last week, as I have done every couple of months, and this time I surpassed my highest ever daily downloads many times over. I ended up with nearly 400 downloads of the book for free, and I even sold 5 copies in the next couple of days after the promotion was over. This is especially great as I didn’t do anything to promote this free day, aside from a tweet and a FB post. That unexpected little turn of success gives me so much hope that when the times comes that I do start marketing and promoting my books more deliberately, I’ll see some results. Especially if I can get some more reviews added from this little surge.
I’m not quite halfway through my two year plan, so there’s nothing else to do but keep plodding along for now.
For now, I’m not ready to jump into the third book in the Villages yet, but I do have a new novella about halfway done that I started as a mental reset during the editing phase of TtE. So maybe expect to see some more about that after the first of the year.