As all writers know, we’re equipped with a little voice in our heads that likes to cheer us on, fill us with self-doubt, put the “I” in Impostor Syndrome, and occasionally help us come up with a brilliant plot twist.
That little inner critic also likes to raise its voice when we complete a writing milestone, weighing in on what we did and didn’t do.
Right on cue, after releasing my second book into the world, my inner critic was back!
Fresh off such thoughts as Reading Your Book: Things That Run Through Your Head and Thoughts That Run Through Your Head Now You’re A Published Author, it and I bring you…
Thoughts That Run Through Your Head When You Release A Second Book
- Okay. I thought this would be easier the second time around, but it’s really not.
- Did they change how to self-publish books? Because I swear, I didn’t have to fill in this many fields last time.
- What is metadata again?
- What book size, paper color, and finish did I pick last time?
- Why won’t Word let me start page numbers on the 4th page?
- Where did my Word headers go?
- Why are all my Word footers missing from page 16 onward?
- Where is every link and graphic I’ve ever put on my blog, so I can now update it all with second book stuff?
- Here’s another book other people will read. People I don’t know.
- Is it as good as the first book for those who liked the first book?
- Is it better than the first book for those who didn’t like the first book?
- What if no one likes it at all?
- What if no one buys it?
- What if the first book selling any copy was a fluke?
- If it fails to sell, is it because no one is interested, or because of what coronavirus has done to the world?
- I’ll just convince myself it’s because no one is interested.
- Should I read it one more time before release, even though I’ve read it more times than anything else in my life?
- What if there’s a plot hole I missed?
- What if there’s a typo I missed?
- There’s a typo. I’m sure there is. Because last time I thought there were no typos and there were.
- Other people will read this!
- People I don’t know will read this.
- People I do know will read this!
- I got good reviews with the last book, and what goes up…
- People have expectations now!
- What if the story doesn’t meet expectations?
- I’ll have two books out. Two!
- I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting to do something.
- What if someone buys book 2, not realizing there’s a book 1?
- Did I reference the events in the first book enough in case that happens?
- Maybe I should read it one more time?
- Why did I choose now to give up chocolate?
- I need to go and buy chocolate!
- I can’t leave the house because we’re on lockdown. I need to buy chocolate online!
- Why are the book listings taking so long to appear? It seemed super quick last time.
- Are my pre-order/release posts too spammy?
- Now I need to finish writing book 3.
- Is that the delivery guy with my chocolate?
If you’ve released a second book, what went through your mind? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know I’m not alone in my irrational writer thoughts!
— K.M. Allan