Diary of a Newbie Novelist

January 31, 2012

This post was written by JaneIsaac

Diary of a Newbie Novelist  10 comments

By now, many of you will know that my book was released early, just two weeks ago. When I got the email to say it was published, I was thrilled (after recovering from spluttering my tea into my lap in surprise) and did a little dance of excitement around the lounge. This is finally it, what I’ve been working towards, 18 months of my life’s work.

An hour or so later, I noticed a warm hue as a rash started to creep up my neck. I had let my baby go, cast her into the world. But what if nobody likes her? Eeek!

I read about other writers. It appears that even well known writers like Elly Griffiths, just released her fourth crime thriller, and Peter James bestseller author of over 25 books feels that bout of anxiety when their book first enters the world. A couple of reviews later and some feedback on Face book, and I relaxed into the journey.

Last weekend I got the most wonderful parcel through the post: my personal copies of An Unfamiliar Murder. Holding my book in my hand for the first time felt like one of those times when your life is put on hold to allow you to step back and savour the moment – a memory to keep close forever; like getting married, having a child, passing a special exam.

Most of us Newbies worry about what others will think and sometimes this forms a barrier to sharing our work. But what we don’t realise is that many artists feel this way, initially. And we live in a subjective world. How often have you been to a movie, read a book, watched a show that you considered great – only to have a friend or colleague say that they didn’t like it, it wasn’t their thing?

I firmly believe that if you write about what you know, something you are interested in, something you would like to read yourself, then there will always be someone out there who will engage and enjoy. And if you never share, you’ll never experience that adrenalin rush of clutching your book for the first time. I’m sure other authors out there will agree with me – it’s worth its weight in gold.

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Jane Isaac’s first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, is out on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Kindle worldwide now. Jane is still very much a Newbie and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets.

 


 

10 comments to Diary of a Newbie Novelist

  • Rebecca Bradley  says:

    I can completely imagine that feeling and yes, I’ve been enthusiastic about things that others haven’t felt. It’s a subjective art reading and writing. It’s what is so great about it. Wishing you lots of other feelings like this …. as you release further books. :)

  • Justin Bogdanovitch  says:

    Very cool to read. That special moment, holding your book in hand is a nice bonus.

  • JaneIsaac  says:

    Hey Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind comments. I agree – it is what makes it so special:)

  • JaneIsaac  says:

    Thanks Justin. Still feels awesome:)

  • Dionne  says:

    He, he, savour the moment indeed! I can’t wait for my copy to arrive, I’m so excited (maybe not as excited as you but still). You are right about telling people about your book – I tell other writers but not my acquaintances in the real world because they ask what it’s about and I feel like they’ll think it’s stupid so I mumble something boring and they look at me like they wish they didn’t ask lol. Congratulations again Jane and thanks for sharing your journey with us :)

  • JaneIsaac  says:

    Hey Dionne! Thanks for reading, and for your support, as always:) Your time will come soon!

  • Susan May  says:

    Well done Jane for doing what most people only talk about. Congratulations and now on to the next one isn’t it? The life of a writer, is a revolving door. You are only as good as your last page, I always think. Thanks for sharing with us in your busy life.

  • Anne  says:

    Congratulations Jane. Savour the feelings. It is nice in life to have something that you have created, and that you can share with others and feel really good about.

  • Jane Isaac  says:

    Hey Susan! Thanks so much for reading the blog. And what a lovely way of putting it – a revolving door – love that! Yes, it’s back to tapping the keys for me

  • Jane Isaac  says:

    Hi Anne! Thank you for your kind comments. It does feel great at the moment:))

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