Guest Post: One Would Think

Please welcome my friend, Kayla Dawn Thomas to the blog today.  She is the author of Swept Up, and the newly released (today!) Narrow Miss.  I love her thoughts on publishing the second time around and I know you will, too!

One Would Think     

by Kayla Dawn Thomas Headshot 6-14

One would think that by the time she publishes her second book, the experience would be old hat. The writer could press publish on Amazon with a confident smile and stroll into the kitchen to pour a celebratory glass of wine. Maybe then she’d take a peaceful, barefoot walk on the beach hand in hand with her lover, the wind blowing gently through her hair.

Ha! I wish! I just released my newest project on Amazon, and I’m still in my pajamas at noon after being up most of last night fretting about it. Never mind that I published a novel last April, and it’s done quite well for a debut. Never mind that I had two delightful book signings this summer. I’m not trying to brag here, just point out that nothing has happened in my first year as a published author to strip me of my confidence as I prepared to launch the Jenna Ray series.

As I was polishing up Narrow Miss, I saw this video of Sandra Brown talking about how after all these years of writing bestsellers she gets more intimidated with each release. Great, that’s just what I needed to hear. But, after some thought and going through the process a second time, I understand.

The first time I published all I could think was, “What if everyone hates my book?” That didn’t happen, so I relaxed after a few weeks.

Now I find myself thinking, “What if this book isn’t as good as the first? What if I disappoint my readers?” That still remains to be seen, so until then I will sit on my yoga mat and breath into a paper bag.

There is an upside with the second book, as least in my limited experience. The process as a whole came easier. I was no longer doubtful about whether or not I could write a book, so the writing came easier. I knew my way around the Amazon publishing ropes, so formatting and uploading my work was simpler. This time around I knew what I wanted and needed from my team (my editor and cover artist), so I could communicate more effectively with them. I pump my fist at these victories.

Reflecting on these little wins pushes me to open a blank document and take a deep breath because it’s time to start again—type the words for the next piece, because I have to. Despite the anxiety and nausea every time (so far) that I release one of my babies into the world, I have to write. It’s the only thing that’s ever felt like my calling. Like Sandra Brown said, “I have a fire in my belly.” There’s something about knowing what you’re supposed to be doing. And if one of my stories gives just one person a release from this hectic world, then every moment was worth it.

Kayla Dawn Thomas is the author of Swept Up and Narrow Miss: A Jenna Ray Story, which releases today!. To learn more about her books and indie author life, please visit her website .

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J.D.
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J.D.
09/16/2014 04:38

Great. I’ll be coming to your website, Kayla (Since Charlotte rarely tattles on her friends, we have to keep up). I love Sandra Brown. No one makes romance more suspenseful. Congratulations on your new release.

Charlotte Dixon
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09/16/2014 08:51

Hello from Pezenas! Thanks for this great post, Kayla Dawn. And–I read your book on the plane from Seattle to Paris and I loved it! So much fun.

Kayla Dawn Thomas
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09/16/2014 09:38

Greetings! Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it!

Charlotte Dixon
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09/16/2014 21:05

Ha!I am nothing if not a good secret keeper guys.  And by the way, I read Kayla’s novel on the plane to France and it was great!  Highly recommended.  I also recommend retreating to France to write…

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Dyoung
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Dyoung
09/17/2014 05:32

Great post! Thanks for sharing and opening up about the anxieties. I like that even with that, you know it’s your true calling: to write. Awesome!

Also- glad youre there and safe, Charolette! Happy writing- enjoy!

Charlotte Dixon
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09/17/2014 06:23

Ha, double comments from me. I liked what I said so much I said it twice. Actually, it was a technological glitch. But who cares? Thanks for popping in, D, and I highly recommend Kayla Dawn’s book. And thanks for your good wishes about me here in France–I’ve got a post coming up on Thursday about it.

Kayla Dawn Thomas
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09/17/2014 11:55

Thank you! I’ve heard people say if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing. Or something like that.

Zan Marie
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09/17/2014 14:23

Congrats, Kayla! I can’t wait to learn what this feels like. 😉

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