Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: So, you just landed the publishing deal of your dreams. What are you going to do now?
Jamie Wallace: It’s a toss up: celebrate or panic. As much as publication is the ultimate goal for most writers, there is a heaping pile of pressure and responsibility that comes along with that winning lottery ticket. I have a feeling that my reaction would be something like the five stages of grief except that instead of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance I’d probably have to work through disbelief, elation, and panic followed by a long period of butt-in-chair-itis, and – finally – some semblance of sanity. I suppose I won’t really know until it happens. (Note I said “until,” not “unless” … I’m an optimist.)
Deborah Lee Luskin: After a good whoop and a holler and a splash of champagne, the hard work begins. The deal is just the beginning. The ink is barely dry before there are rewrites, galleys, proofreading, blurbs for the back page, a new author photo, website update, and gearing up for the marketing – which is huge – and distracting. So putting the current project in order – and on hold – while the marketing blitz takes over is important too. I’m ready: bring it on!
Lisa J. Jackson: I would definitely shout and do some strange gyrations that I call a “happy dance” or “celebration dance”. I actually shout, wiggle, and punch the air when I get any type of good writing news. I celebrate every little win, every positive step forward. It’s similar to not saving the china and crystal for “special occasions only” — why only celebrate the big things? Each day is ‘a present’, so I strive to treat it as such. Although landing a publisher and a book deal will definitely get more hoops and hollers than a new article request, I celebrate all the writing gigs that I get.
Julie Hennrikus: I would (will–positive thinking!) be thrilled. And own that for a few days. Then it is time to clear the decks, and get the book written, and written well, while continuing to build my platform and get ready to market. I am grateful that I am a member of both Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America–both have built in support systems for navigating the waters. And I know enough writers that I respect the amount of work it takes to get a contract and then to get the next one. But still–what a thrill.
Susan Nye: After lots of shouting, jumping up and down, popping champagne corks, tweeting, emailing, telephoning and posting the good news to any and all, I’d get down to the serious business of choosing my outfit to wear on the Today Show. Not really. As soon as the initial euphoria died down, it would be back to work. Just because the writer thinks the book is done, editors and publisher generally have lots of suggestions to make good great. I imagine I would be hitting the keys, pacing, editing and editing some more and then some!