Facing my first book launch

On September 20th a dream of mine will come true—my first novel, RORY’S CHOICE, will finally be available to the world. After years of rejections and disappointments I had almost consigned myself that I would have to self-publish to get it out there, or my novel would never reach the public eye. But I didn’t have to, the publishing house, Ink and Quill, took a chance on me.

At first, surviving the process of an in-house editor, and seeing my book transform into the very best product possible left me even more excited for others to read my novel. However, now that I’m here, only a few weeks away from its launch, I find myself gripped by this crazy fear. What if nobody buys the book?

I’ve worked so hard, spent countless hours creating Rory, Jake, and other fantastic characters, but if nobody reads their story, they still won’t exist. It’s a weird experience to know that the success of this novel is for the large part out of my hands. I can talk, text, promote in every way I can think of, but I cannot force you to buy the book. The only thing holding me together right now is faith–faith that people will purchase this book. And once they find out how wonderful it is, they’ll spread the word. But having no real control is a very scary thing.


About janelleevans

I'm a sleep deprived mother of three. I create young adult novels from the voices in my head.
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