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Charlotte Rains Dixon  

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     

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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 .

0 thoughts on “Guest Post: One Would Think

  1. J.D.

    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.

  2. Charlotte Dixon

    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.

  3. Kayla Dawn Thomas

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

  4. Charlotte Dixon

    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…

    Sent from Surface

  5. Dyoung

    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!

  6. Charlotte Dixon

    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.

  7. Kayla Dawn Thomas

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

  8. Zan Marie

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

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