I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for “Shelf Life”, a contemporary romance novel. Enjoy the guest post!
I’d Rather Be Naked
So I just published Shelf Life, Book Two of The Publicist (woo hoo!) and was speaking with a friend of mine about the perils of being an author. This is a new thing to me as you may have gleaned from my blog. Mostly I’m a marketing person, well a publicist to be exact. Now, however, I’m an author and can I tell you a secret? It’s terrifying.
I have a dear friend who is also getting ready to publish her book. She is a seasoned corporate executive who can walk into any boardroom and command attention and respect. She runs a million dollar company and this fiction thing she’s gotten into has been a fantastic outlet for her (not to mention her book rocks). Now though comes the time when she must hit the “publish” button. So she called me the other day to say “This is crazy, I can run circles around most men in business so why is this so scary?” Like me and most other authors we all share one trait. The thought of anyone reading our book is well, terrifying. Don’t get me wrong, we want people to read it but we want them to love it and if they hate it, we’d rather they keep that to themselves. That doesn’t always happen however, we see this with bad reviews (and the authors who make the ill-advised move of responding to them).
So, where does the naked part come in you ask? Well here’s the deal. When I published The Publicist Book One, I had nightmares. Lots of scary, scary nightmares. I dreamt that readers hated my book, that the reviews were horrible one in fact stating that I, a publicist should stick to publishing and leave the creative writing to someone who was, well, creative. Candidly I’d rather be naked in Times Square than face a crowd of readers who hate my work. I’m not alone in this, either. Recently I had an author pepper her own Amazon page with fake five-star reviews. Why did she do that? Because she worried she wasn’t good enough, she worried readers would hate her book. This antic backfired for her, however. The woosh you hear is the sound of a toilet flushing taking with it her career and all of her fake-reviews. The sad part about this, aside from the shame it brought to her and her book, is that it was actually a very, very good read.
To a point I guess I get what she did. We want people to like us (really like us, a la Sally Field) but the fact is that we put our work out there and we hope for the best. Publishing is such a cut-throat business these days that you’re really only as good or as viable as your last book. Publishers scream for book sales calling their authors to tell them: “You need to do more, your book isn’t selling.” This kind of a call sends any author into a tailspin of worry, confusion and fear. “My book isn’t selling, they must hate me!” I mean we know our moms will like our work, they sort of have to, right? But then there’s everyone else, the big, wide world looming at our doorstep just waiting to hit that one-star on Amazon and say: “She could have done better.”
Every writer I know has faced this and if you’re reading this and nodding you know what I mean. Take heart. Bad reviews happen, not everyone will love us. That’s what the publicist part of me would say. I mean I, of all people, should know this, right? Well knowing and “knowing” are two very different things. So what does the author part of me say? Wanna come join me in Times Square? I’ll be the one wearing nothing but a sign that reads: “Will write for good reviews.”
Author: Christina George
Genre: Contemporary Romance
“…this book grabbed my interest from page one. I’m sure Ms. George has more than a few industry insiders chuckling at her stories and cringing at how close to home they hit.”
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The Publicist Book Two
The story only an insider could tell.
Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk.
This is Kate’s world, but for how long?
When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, Kate sets off on a new adventure….
Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.
As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she’s welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.
Behind the book, there’s always more to the story.
Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.
“The Publicist is great chick lit!” Elizabeth Barbarick, Stuffed Shelves
“Very well written with a great cast of characters.” Kindles & Wine Book Blog
I’ve worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, hell it’s more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as I enjoyed creating it.
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