Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Confessions of a newly-published Author!

by Denise McCray

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by our blog and for your support of Decadent Publishing.

Okay, it’s been one week and a day since Decadent released my debut novella, BARED ESSENTIALS. I want to thank everyone who purchased it and I hope you enjoyed CC’s and Stephon’s story. And for everyone who wonders if I actually did research at a clothing-optional
resort, the answer is no. Heavens no!

In one way, I still can’t believe this is really happening. I’ve dreamed of becoming an author all my life, even writing my bio for the inside of a book jacket when I was a child! I drove my mother mad by using up all the paper in the house for my “books”. I even tried to sell some of my work to my little classmates. I’m so thankful for this opportunity.

But, on the other hand, I have to admit all this attention is a bit unnerving. Friends, acquaintances, co-workers and people I don’t know have downloaded my ‘baby’ and are reading it. What are they thinking? Will they love the characters as much as I do? Will they like the story? Is the sex hot enough? Worries, worries...

Fellow authors (I like saying that) tell me that this is normal. Self-doubt is part of our DNA. In my opinion, this makes us better writers. We polish our babies until they shine and then, and only then, do we feel comfortable letting the world see our work. And that’s the way it should be.

Love you,



Maureen said...

Yup, this is a hard thing. I admit. Waiting to see if people liked what you wrote. Trust me, when you start to hear the good stuff, it's all worth the worry!

Granted, I've had no reviews yet, but I have had some nice Facebook remarks made!

And honey, if Decadent bought you, you and your words already shine!

Denise McCray said...

Thanks Maureen. You're the best!

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Denise xxx Oh, I remember this moment. The agony of waiting..will they love it? Will they hate it? Arghhh And then my first review came in and it was, well, not so great. It was very 'meh' but quite fair. It occurred to me that it didn't matter. Yeah, after all that worrying if people would love it or hate it for nothing.
At the end of the day, I loved it. I knew it was good.
Sure enough, rocking reviews started rolling in for my debut books, When A Mullo Loves A Woman...and Bitten By Books gave it a four stars!! WOOT

So why was I worried? Because t's natural to worry, it's our baby out there, and when any baby takes its first steps, we take a breath and hope for the best...and the mother in is screaming with fear that something might go wrong and their baby will get hurt. But once they're walking, and's a whole heap of fun and that worry lessens.

And as Maureen as said...your books caught Decadent's attention, so it must be good!

kathleen said...

Huge congrats on your release, Denise!

I suppose worrying is part of the process. I'm with you on this one. I'm scared, too! We put so much of our heart into our writing. I'm sending you wishes for rave reviews!

Redameter said...

Over time the scared part goes away. But the self doubts never do. One reviewer not agreeing with you can tear all your self confidence down. But as an old timer in the business, take it from me, we aren't perfect, we can't please the world, and we are going to get those occassional set backs. The trick is to go on, keep writing, because your writing usually gets better.

Try to remember that everyone is not going to adore your work, but the ones that do, will make up for the ones that don't.

Have fun, and start writing the next one. Keep going, keep wriitng, and enjoy the ride a little.

Love and blessings