Some writers I know love telling their friends and families – and even complete strangers – about the book they’re writing. I think that’s great. It’s also completely foreign to me.
I didn’t tell anyone but my wife that I was writing a book until it was done. Not my best friend. Not my twin brother. Not my parents or even my kids. And, sure, I’m willing to bet I’m absolutely outside the norm on that.
Only after I’d signed the contract did I let people know. And I did so reluctantly. Not because it’s embarrassing – getting a novel published is a big accomplishment. But because it was outside my comfort zone.
I announced that I had written a book, through Facebook, by posting the notice that had gone into Publisher’s Marketplace that same afternoon:
Sam Boush’s ALL SYSTEMS DOWN, about how one day is all it takes for a cyber attack to cause total societal collapse, and now a man protecting his family, a government advisor, and a fighter pilot align with other strangers with one common goal: survival; to Jodi Gallegos at Lakewater Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in December 2017 (World English).
It was a pretty fun way to break the ice. I had people calling me. My mother-in-law was astounded that I’d written a book. Some of my friends didn’t believe it. Like I said, really fun.
You might be wondering: Is there a moral to this little story? No, not really. But if you’re the kind of person who, like me, doesn’t really want to let people know what you’re writing, you should know that you’re not alone. And if you ever have the fantastic fortune that I’ve had of finding a publisher, there’s a lot of fun in letting everyone know all at once over Facebook, and watching the startled replies roll in.