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What to expect when you’re expecting to be published

Having your book published is a dream come true, right? You’ve probably imagined what it will feel like since before you even finished a first draft of the book, and you just know that everything will change. You’ll be smarter, handsomer, more popular, and most certainly richer. Right? RIGHT?!

The truth of the matter is that for most authors, all that changes is that you’re now published. It doesn’t make your hair shinier, and it doesn’t address all of the other ills in your life. I actually speak about this quite a bit at conferences, because I think it’s important to have perspective and realistic expectations. But, you don’t just have to take my word for it! (Because really, I’m not an author—what do I know?) This fantastic post from author Alison Cherry is honest and real and, I think, greatly helpful for others suffering postpartum book launch depression. Go check it out now!

One Response to What to expect when you’re expecting to be published

  1. D. C. daCosta says:

    Interesting. But hardly surprising?

    Seriously, much of this sounds like young women who think that once they are married, they’ll *become* someone else. How naïve.

    I would expect pressure, time crunches, and more work. (Old saying at my house: You spin the straw into gold, and all you get is more straw!) It’s work. All work has its ups and downs. You just have to decide if you’re going to do it.

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