New Release Notes

So I’m gonna get a little bit personal here for a moment, hope you don’t mind, and talk about what happens in my brain as we approach a new release. I’ve done this three times now and I feel like it’s safe to say that this is a pattern.

It turns out that releasing a new book gives me MASSIVE amounts of anxiety. Yeah, who’d have guessed that throwing something deeply personal out into the world might be a stress-inducing thing? My default anxiety level is usually around a 6, and the book release cranks it up to a 9 or 10. It’s been at points where I consider checking myself into the hospital. I’m not saying this for pity or anything! I don’t want you guys to feel sorry for me or feel like you can’t leave honest reviews. I’m mostly writing this for other people with anxiety, whether you’re an author or a reader, and for any fans who might wonder why I’ve suddenly gone quiet.

I think the worst part is, I want to be around during a new release, on social media and everything, to promote and interact and all that fun stuff. But social media only ramps up the anxiety, for reasons I’m sure everyone understands. So unfortunately, the time where I should be most available is the time where I find I have to take a few steps back, for the sake of my own health.

I do hope that as I continue to release books, eventually my brain will figure out there’s no reason to be on red alert because my readers are awesome.

2 thoughts on “New Release Notes”

  1. Hey, just wanted to say you’re a wonderful writer. I know it doesn’t help to say you have nothing to worry about or that you shouldn’t be anxious about the release of your new book – that’s not how anxiety works. But please know at least that your writing is appreciated.

    Look after yourself!

  2. Hi, this is useless since I’m seeing this way too late but I was very happy to see you release a new book the other day when I re-read one of my fav story – Daughter of the Sun. Anxiety is a tricky thing -especially for me who doesn’t have much anxiety in my life – and am glad you’re putting your health first. Very much appreciate the world you’re building with these books and please do continue cranking out great works and then take awesome vacations.

    Japan is nice. Go to Hakone for its hot springs.

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