It’s my birthday. I should be happy. Yet I’m concerned about my new book. Will it sell? Will people like it enough to leave a good review? What if it tanks?
Last month, I worried about the cover. Well, it turned out well. Better than I expected. So why worry whether or not it will sell? It’s beyond my control. I need to recite the Serenity Prayer. Often. I have to let go of that which I can’t do anything about. Once the manuscript left my hands, once it was edited and went through all the checks, the line editing, the final approvals, it was out of my hands.
Letting go is very difficult for me. I never realized how controlling I can be, especially with regard to my writing career. After my children became adults, I forced myself to let go. I no longer told them what they should do, though I bit my tongue a lot. I’d done my job and had to trust that they would remember the values and ethics my husband and I tried to instill. Wow, was that hard. But somehow with my manuscripts it’s even harder.
So I have to trust that I wrote the best book I could. I had a wonderful editor who made it better. I'm promoting the heck out of it. Beyond that, I can do nothing more.
Why is that so easy to say and so darn hard to put into practice?
My new romantic suspense One Red Shoe is now available. See my blog http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/2013/09/release-day-one-red-shoe.html for more info.
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