Friday, May 27, 2011

Before & After: Aimee Carter

Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. Her first novel for young adults, THE GODDESS TEST, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 19th, 2011. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will follow in January 2012.

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It's all much more nerve-wrecking than I'd anticipated. The fear of how readers will react - negatively, or worse, no one will bother buying the book at all - has a nasty habit of showing up at the most unexpected of times, and as a result, I've been a lot more jumpy and anxious than usual. Typically I'm calm and laid-back, but right now I'm wavering between excited anticipation, complete and utter terror, and massive worry that I'll buckle under the weight of more stress than I've felt in a very long time.

And then come the hours when I forget I have a book coming out in a matter of weeks and instead focus on the norm. Those are always nice, and if I could make myself forget more often, I would. But since I'm in the middle of writing the third book right now, the impending release makes me hyper-aware of the fact that I'm writing for an audience, making things even more nail-biting. Sometimes I have to take a break, unplug the internet, and curl up with good book or movie to forget where I am for a while.

In other words, I'd imagine things are progressing rather normally for me at this point in the game. :)
It's been a roller coaster, that's for sure, but I'm much calmer now and more relaxed about seeing it on shelves. Whenever I go to a bookstore, I see if they have it in stock. It doesn't feel real yet, and it'll be a long time before it does, I think. But seeing the book there does feel like a huge accomplishment. Even if only a handful of people ever read it, at least those people gave it a chance, and that means the world to me.

I'm still focused on writing the third book right now, and that odd perspective, knowing that the book I'm working on now will hit shelves in a year and a half too, is still hanging with me. But my anxiety levels have returned to normal for now. Now that one book is out, it's easier for me to accept that all three of them will be up there on the shelves some day, and I can't wait to see readers' reactions as the trilogy unfolds. I'm excited for that, nervous for sales, and so, so thrilled to have this opportunity to begin with.

Thank you so much!

Reviews for The Goddess Test
Missy's Reads & Reviews
Sophistikatied Reviews
The Well-Read Wife


Cialina at said...

Aw! Fantastic post! I can't wait for GODDESS INTERRUPTED!

Amy said...

I am loving this post. The Goddess Test is the best book i've read all year. I cannot wait for the next one.

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Amy said...

Also your blog is really pretty :]

BLHmistress said...

I can't even imagine how nervous author's are when their book is released then when other people read it whether they will like it or not. Kudos to you and all authors out there.

jeanette8042 said...

Great post and I'm so excited about this book since it's on my to buy list.

Jennifer said...

What a pretty cover.

I love these posts! For book lovers it really is an eye opener into how nerve-wracking the process is, especially for new writers!

Aik said...

I've added this book to my wish list. The cover is totally gorgeous!

Rachel said...

I read this through NetGalley just before it came out and I loved it! I thought it was brilliant. Can't wait for the sequel!

JerseyGirl22 said...

It's on my To Be Read list. I'm sure itá great.

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