Macho Man displays how I felt after the wait was over. Seeing the number of units sold change from 0 to 1 was a great feeling. Several times I had friends and family members congratulate me and say what an accomplishment writing a book was. True there was some good feeling when the final word of the first draft was completed, but not much. When I finally had a product listed on Amazon and B&N that I could point to and show people. That is when the elation came. It was twice if not three times as much work to go from a first draft to a product listed on Amazon. So yes, I did the win spin on Monday and it still feels good today.
Now that I have the first book published, there is a whole new world of distractions that come with it. From checking every 10 minutes to see how many units have sold, to telling everyone I can that its done. It has been very hard to focus on writing book two. My mind is so busy that it is hard to fall asleep at night. All week it has been 1:00am or later before I lay down and even then its several hours before I finally fall asleep. I am sure it will pass, but once I get the days activities done and its time to write, I am tired and only a page or two gets written.
I am currently half way through chapter 2. I got a couple of pages done yesterday and it is shaping up fairly well. It is fun to have characters continue to grow from one book to another and also challenging that you are simply not writing the same thing over and over. I get to explore the more mental and emotional character growth vs learning to survive that dominated book one.
Book 1's cover came back to haunt me this week as well. The cover submission to Lightning Source, I forgot to add the 3mm bleed so the project was halted until it was corrected on Wednesday. In the grand scheme of things its not a big deal but all of the frustrations that book 1 has caused me, nothing comes close to the book cover.
How do you manage all your time and not get distracted?