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Excellent distractions and ARC panic

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First of all: I blame Karen Healey COMPLETELY for the fact that I can't get this chorus out of my head: "Omigod You Guys!", from the musical of Legally Blonde. I've never even seen the movie because the previews turned me off so much, but Karen raved about this song & video on her blog, and I thought, oh, well, why not give it a try...

Sigh. Those must be some of the most dangerous words in human history, repeated in SO MANY dubious situations! ;p

For the past several hours, voices in the back of my head have been singing the refrain of "Omigod, omigod you guys!" over and over AND OVER again....! BE WARNED.

Of course, after watching that first video I had to watch a couple other videos from the musical...then I started wishing there was a full performance online of the entire show...and now I'm wondering whether or not to put the movie on my rental list, after all these years of resisting it. Darn you, Karen!!!!

In other news, on Sunday I finally summoned up the nerve to actually start reading through an ARC of A Most Improper Magick, which I'd spent two days feeling way too scared to attempt. How come some of the most exciting parts of publishing are also so terrifying? I think part of the issue with ARCs is that these advance copies are the ones that are going to be sent to reviewers...so I am PETRIFIED by the fear of finding something TERRIBLY WRONG and knowing that it's too late to keep any reviewers from seeing it. Eek. Luckily, I'm about halfway through the book now, and while I've come across a couple small inconsistencies and several line edits, there's been nothing that makes me swoon with horror. At least, NOT YET...

Here's the thing that makes it all so scary. The embarrassing truth is: I really, really love this book. It feels terrifying just to admit that, even to myself. The thing is, if it were a book I didn't care so much about - if I'd just tossed it off, or if I'd written it like an assignment without any passion, I could pretty much shrug off any bad reviews. But that isn't how it happened. I wrote this book with so much joy and care, and I am so in love with Kat and all her siblings, and all of that makes me feel more and more horribly vulnerable as publication day approaches. Because as much as I've longed for it to be published, I also know that not everybody will like this book. Even the books I love most in the world are hated by many people. That's the way the world works.

But I'm petting my ARCs a lot right now, even as I hunt through them for typos and still-fixable flaws. And the occasional bout of distraction therapy - like the one I got sucked into this afternoon, thanks to Karen's blog entry - is priceless.

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kathleenfoucart
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sure tons of people will love Kat's stories (which, oddly, is almost the title of the first "book" I attempted to write).

And I understand being so scared for your book... The book I'm querying now is the one that always made me nervous to share with people because I love it so much, and now I'm sending it out to lots of people who read a couple pages & say "Nope!" *sigh*

I'm sure sending it out to the general public is a zillion times scarier, but you'll get through it, and then you'll see just how many people fall in love with your characters, too! :)
stephanieburgis
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs* Overall, I think it's a good sign to love what you're writing - but oh, it really does make you more vulnerable to those rejects...no fun!!!
janni
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I've only recently gotten up the nerve to read my printed book, and that's only because I'm working on the sequel and have no choice. (wry g)
stephanieburgis
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, yeah. I have had so many *facepalm* moments as I read the ARC for Book 1 and see all the details I'd forgotten in my drafts of Book 2 and especially (my current WIP) Book 3...!
amybre_white
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a great feeling? I still love my story, too.

And I am also an ARC petter.
stephanieburgis
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
ARCs are so pettable! :)
kristin_briana
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
We watched that musical my senior year of HS. *head/desk* One whole week of walking around humming, "Beeeennnnnndddddd... AND SNAP!" Lol.
stephanieburgis
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hee. I can imagine... :)
onlyemarie
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
That love is what's going to shine off of every page and get your readers excited and thrilled to spend some time with you, Kat, and her family.

I so know what you mean, though...the stakes are way higher because it really, really matters, you know?

Enjoy this nice little hiatus where Kat is still yours entirely. I promise she'll be the better for being shared with the world and shouted from the rooftops!
stephanieburgis
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
karenkincy
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
If you really, really love the book, then I'm sure there will be readers who feel the same way. Heck, I'd be scared if you only felt lukewarm about it. ;)
stephanieburgis
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really hope you're right. :)
aliettedb
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry there will be plenty of people who will feel the same way as you (and knowing you as a writer, I very much doubt that this isn't going to be a first-rate reading experience).
stephanieburgis
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks Aliette! *hugs*
karenhealey
Sep. 12th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
YESSSSSSSS. My evil plan is at last come to fruition!

PS) Omigod shut UP, Kat is like so awesome.
stephanieburgis
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hee. Now I am having a totally wrong vision of Kat the musical done in Valley Girl speak...out, out of my head, demons! ;p
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