Back in May when I first joined the Apocalypsies, I had a moment of panic. I’d just finished my copyedits for Pretty Crooked, and I hadn’t even begun to think about what came next. Clueless. Completely clueless. Suddenly, there was a deluge of to-dos—promoting, networking, and lots of other verbs that went against my naturally shy tendencies. I was daunted by all of the technology involved, by all the connections I didn’t have and by the pervasive sense that everyone in the Kid Lit universe already knew everybody else. Except poor little anonymous me. (Yeah, I know how to wallow.)
What’s been amazing in the past few months is how quickly that all has changed. I’ve met some wonderful fellow authors, learned a ton about marketing, gotten some great early feedback from readers about Pretty Crooked, and slowly dipped my toes into the Twitterverse, blogosphere and Goodreadsistan. Honestly, I’m still a ways away from where I’d like to be, but it’s just nice to look back a few months and reflect on the way things have evolved. And while it’s easy to get obsessed about adds, likes and followers, the important thing is that every day is a step closer to publication. And every day I feel a little more ready for it.