Pre-Release Jitters? Me?

This book, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS has suddenly become real.

I think it hit me when the pre-order button went live on Amazon. All of a sudden, I was unable to share it. I put it off for hours, thinking, well, we have a lot going on this week. Maybe I should wait a few days. Maybe the pre-order page is looking sparse without the print version yet up there, so maybe I’ll share the link once that goes up.

Then I stopped myself and took a clear look inside my head. Why would I hesitate? When had I ever, in 22 years, had exciting book news and not shared it immediately? And I realized that I was nervous. More nervous about this release than any release ever. I didn’t know enough about the business to be nervous about my first book. I was just glad it was being published. But for this one, which is number 59, not counting nearly 30 novellas and anthologies? I am a wreck.

The reason is pretty clear to me. I’m publishing this one on my own. I chose the cover art, the model (my daughter,) the photographer, the pose, the outfit (those boots are my own!) the background. I’ve got no big publisher behind me this time, and it feels like flying without a net. Jumping without a ‘chute. Leaping without a bridge. You pick the cliché, it’s that times ten.

Even re-publishing my own backlist books wasn’t this scary, because they had already passed muster. They had been given the stamp of approval by a New York publisher.

This is very different. No one has told me this book is worthy. You would think that after writing this many novels, I’d be a bit more confident than that. It’s been ages since my editor has changed more than a few extra commas, caught an inconsistency or two, or asked for further clarification on a line here and there. Why am I so nervous? It’s illogical to be.

But, logical or not, I am. This is a whole new world for me. I guess I’m supposed to be nervous. We didn’t even have time to send it out to reviewers yet. I’m still polishing for one more week. So we have no idea what the response will be.

So that’s where I am today. Taking a break before re-starting my final pass through the book, and being nervous, while trying to talk myself down.

The pre-order price at Amazon is $2.99, which is considerably less than the regular price will be starting on 9/1.

And we will be putting pre-order links up anywhere else they allow it, but most outlets do not. Regardless of price or pre-order buttons or my own nervous breakdown, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS, Book 1 of the NEW Wings in the Night: Reborn, goes on sale at all outlets, worldwide, on September 1st.

And if my nerves continue to build up until that date, I’m going to need blood pressure meds or something!


14 thoughts on “Pre-Release Jitters? Me?

  1. Maggie,

    It’s going to be awesome. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it. I am going to give it a review for my new website I just built a new website devoted to blogging and book reviews. Will head on over to preorder now.

    Love and Hugs
    Rhia (Debbie Snyder, Stacy’s mom)

  2. Perhaps it is a whole lot of eager anticipation of what comes next, all at once, to the point where you are so overwhelmed with anticipation you are nervous? I can’t wait to get my hot little hands (or Kindle) on a copy of this book. Especially since it is one of the first books to come out by a favorite author of mine done entirely independently (if I recall correctly). You have spread your wings and are now flying free…. it’s a scary feeling to realize you don’t have the structure you’re used to having behind you, and are creating an entirely different one. But it can also be amazing and lead to amazing experiences! I hope it is the first step on a new journey that is everything you ever wanted and more!

    • I think you’ve got that right. Eager anticipation. A good kind of nervousness. And yes, first full length novel done entirely indie. That’s a big step after 22 years in the trenches. Hard to believe. Thank you for the support. I need every bit of it.

  3. Have already got my pre-order in! Can’t wait and I’m sure it’s going to be just as amazing as all of your other novels have been! Blessings and Light

  4. Wings in the Night was my introduction to the world of vampires and paranormal in general. I have never looked back. I had every book in the series, until our house flooded and I lost most of them. I have almost gotten them back. I am so looking forward for this series to continue, and to finish reading it. Thank you, Maggie, for bringing the Wings in the Night series back.

    • I am so sorry for your losses in the flood. I had a fire several years ago and lost everything in the house too, so I know the feelings. Hope you’re thriving now. Thank you for the long loyalty and support. That is the kind of thing that is just a blessing, no other word for it. Thank you.

  5. Maggie, I know this book is going to be just as awesome as everything else you have written. You have nothing to worry about. You are an amazing author (and person) and anyone who has read any of your books will love this one just as much. I am sure of this. I know I will. :)

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