A couple of weeks ago, my editor (yup, still a thrill to type that!) asked me to get some "blurbs" for The Wild Sight from other romantic suspense and paranormal authors. I've seen these "blurbs" in other books, of course, but I hadn't thought far enough ahead to obtain any on my own. So now I found myself in the very awkward position of having to ask friends, people I barely knew, and people I didn't know at all to "...please read my book and say nice things about it."
I had this big knot of fear in my stomach for every one of those emails I sent out asking for "a favor." And here I thought all those years of rejections had toughened me up. I need to pull up my "big girl panties" and GET OVER THIS! Asking for blurbs is just another little step down this twisty path of publication.
Very soon now (in less than 147 days!) "my baby" will be released to the world and not everyone will like it. GASP! I know I will get bad reviews and nasty comments from people who may or may not have read it. Waiting to hear back from other writers (who tend to be much kinder than reviewers) is just a tiny taste of things to come. Here's hoping there will be far more positive than negative!