Thursday, January 26, 2012

Post-Published Aspirations

What are looking forward to when you finally publish? What do you want to do when your story is en route to a bookstore shelf? If you hope to make a career of writing, I'm sure you've thought about it at least once.

We fantasize about the finer things that come with signing that book deal - launch parties, tours, the long line of fans waiting hours just to get our autograph. But while these are pretty much pipe dreams for a debut author, there are still plenty of awesome things we can aspire to.

Here are the top 5 things I plan to do, and look forward to, when I get published:
  1. Sneak-signing my book at a store. Stephanie Perkins tweeted that she did this at a Target once, and I knew right then that I had to do it myself someday. What an awesome surprise for a random reader!
  2. Meeting other published authors as colleagues. Right now I meet authors on a reader-to-author or aspiring-writer-to-author basis. I can't wait for the day that I meet some of the authors that inspire me on an author-to-author basis and be able to say, "Yes! I am published too! Meet Tuesday for coffee and discuss how to fend off hordes of screaming fans? I'm free!"
  3. Being a Guest at a convention. I've been an attendee to many conventions, even a volunteer, but the thought of being invited, possibly even paid to attend a beloved convention would make my decade.
  4. Being part of a multiple-author tour. While I'll admit they look a bit exhausting, how awesome would it be? Passing a mike up and down a long table with fellow genre authors answering odd questions with hilarious anecdotes and riling the crowd into a screaming frenzy. Good times, good times...
  5. Receiving fan mail. I'm not stupid - I will receive dislike and hate mail as well. But those few instances when a reader takes the time to write and tell me how much they loved reading my work will make everything worthwhile. 
So what's on your post-published checklist?

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! I can't believe I haven't delved very deeply into all these thoughts yet myself. What's wrong with me?

    I agree. I'll have to sneak-sign too. I'd just be so gleeful over having a book on the shelf, I'd probably first be taking friends with cameras into bookstores and having them take my picture with my book!

    I definitely can't wait to meet authors as colleagues. Wow. Yes. All the way.

    It might sound like a bit of ego, but the reason I want to publish right now is to share my book (in all its illustrated, hard-bound glory) with as many people as I can. Then I want to gush about it with them.