May 22, 2008

Don't Ask Me, 'Cause I Don't Know

A funny thing happens when you're a published author. People ask for updates on the book's progress. Regularly. Frequently. Far. Too. Often.

Okay, so it isn't SUCH a bad thing, per se. It's one of the ways people show they care, that they're interested in my life. And I appreciate it. I do. (Full disclosure: I ask author friends for updates too.) The thing is it can get annoying. Especially when, frankly, we authors rarely have any CLUE how the book is doing. Sure, reviewers are writing about it. Some are even doing so positively. Yes, my publisher and I are marketing it. And we're giving away lots of free copies (perhaps even more than have actually sold). Certainly, it's in stores, and people are even sending me pictures to prove it (thanks, people!). Some of those people even bought it. And liked it. And yeah, I have a sub-million sales rank on Amazon and B&N. (Woo hoo! Party time!)

But the truth? If you ask me how my book is doing, I will tell you in three short words: I. DON'T. KNOW. It's a mystery. A writer by the name of Dennis Cass made the following video, which illustrates quite well how frustrating the whole check-in-with-your-author-friend Q&A can be, especially for the author (with a big shout-out to Sara Zarr for posting this on her blog, and to Taylor Morris for sending the link to me!):



Here's another question I'm getting asked a lot: How's the second book going? My answer to that is a lot longer. A lot more pained. Even tortured. Because it's due in LESS THAN THREE WEEKS. Which brings me to an announcement: I will probably be blogging a lot less frequently for the next 21 days or so. During that time, I hope you'll enjoy some videos of my son. He's the real talent in the family anyway:







So there you have it. That's all I've got for now. Thanks for your interest in me, my life, my books, my unusual parenting skills. And thanks for your understanding. On everything. Going to take some Pamprin now. :-O

XO

12 comments:

Alyson Noel said...

That video is HI-LARIOUS and sooo true! And your son is adorable!
Good luck on the deadline- mine's in two months!

The Story Siren said...

Pee Wee's Big Adventure!! A classic! Large Marge! I have to say the tequila scene is my favorite!

Book Chic said...

Fun videos!

And aww, I was hoping I'd be mentioned for my lovely review of Frenemies.

But you do have a book due in three weeks, so I'll let this one slide this time. ;) hehe Good luck with finishing it!

ALEXA YOUNG said...

Alyson: I know, isn't that video the best? Forward it to everyone you know. I think it's essential viewing.

SS: If you ever get a Pee Wee's Big Adventure craving, come on over...it's on 24/7 these days. :)

BC: Are you suggesting I post a review of your review perhaps?! Don't tempt me! I did post a MySpace bulletin about it, you know. I'm TRYING...!

Book Chic said...

I may perhaps be suggesting that. ;) People seemed to enjoy it the first go-around, although since mine's positive, it's probably not as much fun.

And I missed the myspace bulletin. I shall go find it now. :)

Madison said...

Good luck with Frenemies #2!

And yay! My copy of Frenemies came today. Majorly exciting. I'm only on Chapter Two, but I'm really liking it. It's fun. :D

keri mikulski :) said...

Adorable!! Thanks for sharing and love your thoughts on the author journey. Have a fantastic writing weekend.

Anonymous said...

I. Love. Jack.

:)

XOXO,

~Becca
PS: How is the book doing?

Melissa Walker said...

Thank you for saying this about the "How's the book?" question. I know it sounds ungrateful but sometimes I'm so tired of it! I'm going to refer people to your blog when they ask.

Heather♥ said...

I love the video. That guy is hilarious. I watched it previously on John Green's blog, so I kind of (I must admit) skipped over it this time. But the videos of your son were so cute!

Hope. said...

Your son is SOOOOO cute! Toddlers are the best. :)

hope.

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