What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part10 with Katherine Longshore

I know what you’re thinking: a blog series about EXPECTING A BOOK

should have nine posts.

Right?

Me too, actually.

But guess what? Like parenting, and writing books,

WHOOSH

my book-baby blog has taken on a life of its own–

with more fabulous guest bloggers, like KATHERINE LONGSHORE:

The happy parents-to-be at a typical English wedding, with Katy admittedly "thankful that my hat took a little of the focus off my belly."

The happy parents-to-be at a typical English wedding, with Katy admittedly “thankful that my hat took a little of the focus off my belly.”

Katy is the book-mom of three historical YA’s, the first two of which are

set in the court of Henry VIII:

 "A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices."    —Kirkus Reviews "...royally riveting for the reader."    —Booklist

“A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“…royally riveting for the reader.”
—Booklist

GILT arrived May 2012 (Viking), and

"An un-put-downable historical romance." SLJ

“An un-put-downable historical romance.” SLJ

TARNISH, (also Viking) released last June.

Here’s a look at her third novel, Manor of Secrets, due out January 28th from Scholastic.

manor-secrets-200A “Downtonesque” story set in an Edwardian country house, Manor of Secrets follows the lives of two girls whose very different worlds collide.

What did Katy expect when her career as an author began to take off?

Katy admits she “had no idea what to expect. That’s the great thing about the beginning of this adventure. Many, many people had done this before me but my own path was yet untrodden.”

On CHOOSING AND WORKING WITH YOUR PRACTITIONER, Katy recalls: “I took the informed advice of my agent. She knew more than I did and I trusted her judgement implicitly.”

On NEGATIVE results (rejections): “I wasn’t sure if I wanted my agent to send me rejections, so she didn’t. I do think I could have handled them, but ultimately all you need is one positive result.”

Yes, Virginia–remember our motto:

IT ONLY TAKES ONE YES.

But back to Katy… On getting that POSITIVE result: “I’m so glad that I had my agent and my writer friends (The YA Muses–check out their great blog!) to help me out. I knew that the contract/meaning the advance could take months. And I knew there would be still a lot of work ahead of me.”

On What You Can Expect From Your Editor: “My experience with my editor has been very collaborative. She sends a long editorial letter, gives me time to digest, and then we schedule a call to talk about any questions I might have. We talk through concerns, discuss ways to move forward, and make alterations accordingly. Any disagreements have been minor and easily resolved.”

On naming the BABY: “After a few fits and starts we ultimately decided that GILT was the best title, and then the designers came up with a gorgeous, eye-catching cover.  It was an incredible experience to see the book through someone else’s eyes.”

On WAITING: “I was lucky enough to have another book under contract. I had finished the first draft (and even the second) of TARNISH  before GILT came out. I’m terrible at waiting but I do well with distractions and deadlines, so I had plenty to keep me busy. And lucky for me, some of my closest writer friends were going through the same thing and we could commiserate.”

Especially in the third Trimester when she started to panic.

Pre-GILT, Katy worried, “What if people hated it? Even worse, what if no one read it at all? What did I know about marketing? Publicity? How could my tiny Twitter following make any difference whatsoever? And though I was excited about my launch party, I was terrified about trying to set up any other events on my own. Totally nerve-wracking. My agent put me in touch with some of her other authors who talked me down, gave me advice, and assured me everyone goes through the same thing.”

Katy and SCBWI RA Emerita, Tekla White at the launch of GILT.

Katy and SCBWI RA Emerita, Tekla White at the launch of GILT.

 What she didn’t know:

REVIEWS.

Katy: “I was surprised and saddened to learn that some books just don’t get reviewed by Publishers Weekly. That Kirkus is notoriously harsh. And that only those with thick skin should visit reviews of their own books on Goodreads. Because out of an average of ten reviews, most of us will only remember one. The negative one. I learned that everyone reads differently, looking for different things, judging by different standards. And I’m glad that I’ve had more than one book out now, because I see the merit in some of the criticism, and it no longer cuts me to the bone. But in those first few weeks it hurt like hell. Kind of like my Cesarian scar. “

LETTING GO

“Unlike parenthood,” Katy adds; ” I feel like the book is no longer mine once it’s finished gestating and is out in the world. It now belongs to the readers, who may do with it what they will. I don’t need to coddle or feed it anymore, like you do with a baby. It’s kind of like giving birth to a teenager. Hard to let go even though you know you have to. And remarkable to see how it fares in the wider world.”

“Ultimately though, it was the work that was the best experience. That intimate bonding experience. I had to come back to the blank page and start another book. That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? Because we’re writers.”

Perfect words to end part10 of WTEWYE–a BOOK!

Be sure to follow my friend Katy on Twitter @KALongshore  and check out her books! 

And who knows? Maybe there will be a part11 next week…

“Because we’re writers.” 

 

What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part9: Baby meets world.

Yes, Virginia–WTEWYEpart 9 was supposed to post last week, but hey–when you have a new book-baby (and your internet goes out…)  TIME and SCHEDULES fly out the window.

Arthur Levine and Mike Jung at SCBWI.

Arthur Levine and Mike Jung at SCBWI.

Just ask Mike Jung, book-dad of the hilarious middle grade novel, GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES, which came out last October (Happy First Birthday to GG&SI !) with Aurthur A. Levine Books.

geeks girls and secret identitiesMike is also proud Daddy to a 7.26 year old and a 3.0 year old (Happy Birthday to the pilot-in-training!), and thus doubly qualified to help me discuss another aspect of Post-BOOkum: Baby meets world–the fears and joys of getting your baby out there…

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Trick or Treat!
Sorry but I love this commercial…
Look at that baby!

Speaking of which >brings out the baby picture aka book cover–ahem<, because my new book-baby is a holiday picture book and

I KNOW, I KNOW–IT’S HALLOWEEN,

Deck the Walls cover by Erin DealeyI’ve been hesitant to introduce my bouncing baby book to the world too soon.

Check out these kinders with their "OLIVE TO READ" crowns!

Check out these kinders with their “OLIVE TO READ” crowns!

Instead we’ve had Skype parties with kids from Maine to California–plus Berlin, Germany. Cat in the Hat joined me for an event in September (see part5) and look who I met a PAL book signing at SCBWI SF North/East Bay?

Yes that's ME with THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN and Katherine Applegate--no biggie...

Yes that’s ME with THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN and Katherine Applegate–no biggie…

With Halloween officially over tonight, I’ll take my baby to the California Reading Association’s PDI this weekend and a book store event at The Reading Bug (Nov. 3rd 11-1pm–San Carlos, CA–Please come!) which–I admit–is causing a few Will they like the book?/Will anyone come? qualms, but as Mike reminded me–the best part is meeting the kids.

And kids write the best fan mail EVER.

 I Love your dook. Thanks you for saring your dook. It was vere nis I want to reb it. You are the dest testr.

I Love your dook. Thanks you for saring your dook. It was vere nis
I want to reb it.
You are the dest testr.

See what I mean?

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s Mike: “There are many great things to look forward to after your book arrives on the scene (seeing it in a bookstore; signing autographs; getting congratulations from everyone) and there are many less-than-great things too (mean-spirited reviews; events where nobody shows up; the fact that you’re still as anxiety-riddled as you were before your book was published), but I think my favorite thing is fan mail from readers.

“Kids write the greatest letters, in case you didn’t know. Not that adults write bad letters – for example, I greatly admire the letter Daniel Day-Lewis sent to Steven Spielberg when he first turned down the lead role in Lincoln – but there’s a kind of unrestrained expressiveness that you can only find in a young reader’s own words. I’m partial to the handwritten, ink-on-paper letters, partly because a child’s handwriting feels like getting a glimpse into their personality, and partly because they often include drawings, but I’ve been lucky to receive fan email too.

“I met nine-year-old Tatiana at a bookstore event, and she was so bashful that she didn’t say a single audible word to me. The letter she handed over, however, was a gale-force blast of enthusiasm and appreciation.”

fan-letter-tatianaMike continues: “Max is a student of my agent-mate Tara Dairman; we’ve never met but Tara mailed his letter to me, and I had to admire his completely unselfconscious declaration that he’s read my book one and a half times and just might read it a second and a half time.”

fanletterfrommax“I respect people who can come right out and say what they want,” Mike adds, “and Alex’s fan email was impeccably direct:

WRITE A SEQUEL TO GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES.'”

 Mike: “I’m a believer in the power of books; I think the right books can change a child’s life for the better, even if it’s just by momentarily increasing that child’s capacity to immerse herself in a fun, engaging story. And while this crazy career provides all kinds of gratifying moments, it’s incredibly moving when young readers invest their time, energy, thought, and emotion in the creation of a tangible message about the impact of our work. Those kids are what it’s all about, and their expressions of gratitude are pure gold. They remind me of how grateful I am to be an author. We’re lucky, you know? We’re so lucky.”

Follow awesome book-dad @MikeJung , check out his blog at Mike Jung’s Little Bloggy Wog, and read his books!

Meanwhile, have a Happy and safe Halloween, and come back next week for part10

with author Katherine Longshore.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part8 PostBOOKum

As you might have guessed, Part8 of WHAT TO EXPECT gives us a glimpse of what happens (or doesn’t happen) AFTER THE BOOK IS BORN.

Two “First Trimester” friends (see part 4) — JOANNE LEVY and GAE POLISNER are back, and I’m also thrilled to introduce my writing pal, ELANA K. ARNOLD,

Elana and kidsmom of two, part-time writing instructor at the University of California at Davis, and book-Mom of some amazing YA’s—

Kirkus Reviews: Lyrical and inspirational. School Library Journal Teen: No doubt, a great, unexpected ending.

Kirkus Reviews: Lyrical and inspirational.
School Library Journal Teen: No doubt, a great, unexpected ending.

 

 

Booklist review of SACRED: The ineffable bond that draws Scarlett and Will together will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series.

Booklist review of SACRED: The ineffable bond that draws Scarlett and Will together will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Look for her third book, SPLENDOR, a sequel to SACRED, this November!

A story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery.

A story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery.

But back to POSTBOOKUM …

WHAT ELANA EXPECTED

Elana: “Waiting for my first book, SACRED to launch was sort of like living a dream. All my life I’d wanted to publish a book, and honestly when I got a book deal, I kind of assumed I’d be dead before the pub date. Because, come on, could I REALLY live to see such an amazing, transformative, miraculous day?”

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Elana: “November 11, 2012 finally rolled around. I did not die. My book was on the shelves, and friends and well-wishers posted on my Facebook page. I went to a bookstore and held my breath until I saw it there–my book, real, and in the world outside of my head, its own creature both separate from me and still made of the meat of me, the best I could give it.”

AND THEN….

“Days passed. My book existed…but nothing was radically, earth-shatteringly different. My dishes still needed washing; the laundry did not fold itself. My children continued to ask me to get them glasses of water, even though they were totally capable of getting it themselves, even now that I was a published author.”

I know the feeling, Elana!

I know the feeling, Elana!

GAE concurs: “After the book is born, just like the baby –and even if it has a weird nose (or say, you hate the cover)–you love it anyway, truly, madly deeply, and you want so badly to share it with the world. But unless you’re Stephanie Meyer (okay or John Green or Libba Bray or a handful of other big sellers) there’s not a whole lot of money the publishers are going to spend on you. Not even for school visits. Which is –yes– a catch-22.”

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Gae:  “THE PULL OF GRAVITY has an Of Mice and Men connection, so I spent hours upon hours finding schools that teach the book, and contacting the librarian or English teacher(s) about mine.

  • Does your book have a theme–Magic? Dogs? Find clubs and groups that share those interests.
  • Craft a professional, brief email or mailing.
  • Include bookmarks if it’s snail mail. Offer them if it’s email.
  •  Offer free Skype visits to schools, libraries or book clubs if they order more than ____# (insert magic number here) copies.
  •  Use social network–but IMHO for it to work, Social Networking is a two-way street.

 These are all great suggestions. (thanks Gae!) I think we all agree about using Social Media.

Build relationships. (This is actually a lot more fun than work.)

Do NOT clog the internet with BUY MY BOOK tweets.

 And –like parenting–expect the unexpected.... (Hmmm, I think I’ve said that before….)

Joanne:
“My book birthday for SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE was amazing and pretty much everything I’d hoped for. I ate stuff to celebrate and tons of people I love came to my baby shower (er…launch party), ate cupcakes, and cooed over my baby. ”

HOWEVER…

Joanne’s book didn’t get into Barnes & Noble bricks and mortar stores right away.

Joanne: “This was a huge disappointment that I’m sure affected sales and happens to plenty of authors. My heart nearly broke when I saw someone on Twitter say, ‘I’ve been looking for it, but can’t find it in any store.’ Ugh.”

And then? 

Joanne: “After a few months, stuff just sort of fizzles. Your baby isn’t new anymore. Any reviews you were going to get, you’ve gotten, and no one seems to care or want to talk about your baby anymore. Your baby is now an adult child that has moved into your basement; the neighbors know it’s there but no one talks about it because it’s gotten awkward.”

WHAT TO DO?

Joanne: “Give your first baby a sibling! So much is out of our control in this business, but I think the good news here is like pregnancy, book-birthing pain is easily forgotten and we can keep on getting knocked up. And that’s the fun part anyway, right? The writing I mean–I’m talking about writing. ; )”

May I add that Joanne’s book has just been nominated for a Forest of Reading award by the Ontario Library Association?

“…readers will be drawn in by the quirky characters and the outlandish story line, making it a purchase that definitely won’t sit on shelves. A very strong debut novel.”—School Library Journal

“…readers will be drawn in by the quirky characters and the outlandish story line, making it a purchase that definitely won’t sit on shelves. A very strong debut novel.”—School Library Journal

And Gae’s new baby, THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO, is due out this Spring 2014.

Summer has begun. The beach beckons. But Francesca Schnell is going nowhere.

Summer has begun. The beach beckons. But Francesca Schnell is going nowhere.

As Elana says: “Publishing a book did change me, but not in the glitter-and-bells way I had imagined it might. Most immediately, what being on the other side of the publication line did do was light a fire in me to publish another book. It’s like that line from the Nicolas Cage movie, Raising Arizona... when one guy says his wife needs another baby because the kids they already have are “getting too big to cuddle…” There is something addictive about the process of pregnancy and birth, as painful as it is, be it human child or book child.”

Follow these awesome authors@JoanneLevy  @gaepol and @ElanaKArnold  –and come back next week for our latest adventure in WHAT TO EXPECT part9–because we’re talking about all things book-birth here so there must be a part9, right?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part7 Non-fiction/ 3rd Trimester

Welcome to the Third Trimester,

part 7 of my What to Expect blog series.

Party time?

Party time?

The third trimester before our daughter was born was full of celebrations.

The parties helped me wait (and wait and wait) and made me more anxious at the same time. The biggest difference with book-Babies is that it’s best to cradle the new arrival in your arms before the parties begin, and with DECK THE WALLS, we weren’t entirely certain when my books would actually arrive.

It's here now!

They’re here now! Woo-hoo!

With NON-FICTION, however, during the 3rd trimester, expect a LABOR of love.

Just ask today’s guest, my dear friend, Patricia Newman.

Proud mother of two grown “kids,”

Patti Newman and JIngles--the only "kid" still at home.

Patti Newman & Jingles–
the only “kid” still at home.

one dog, and the Regional Advisor of SCBWI California North/Central, Patti is the book-Mom of TWELVE books

nugget on the flight deckNavy Seals ArmySpecialForces

(here are a few)

and countless magazine articles, many of which are non-fiction.

Nugget on the Flight Deck (Walker & Company) is a California Reading Association Eureka! Silver Honor Book for Nonfiction.

Her latest book-Baby, PLASTIC, AHOY! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,

Patti Newman new cover 6.3.13

*a JLG selection*

is due out next April –just in time for Earth Day celebrations!

But the third trimester hasn’t been an easy one for her…

Those who write NON-FICTION know what this means. For those who don’t, here’s Patti’s brief overview of the non-fiction “birthing” process:

1st trimester: the proposal and sale (gestation: a few months to years);

2nd trimester: writing and submitting the manuscript to your editor (gestation: roughly five months).

3rd trimester: editing, photo selection, and design (gestation: six to eight months).

Yes, Virginia–you read that right.

Patti explains:

“After I submitted the complete manuscript, months passed before the project popped up in my editor’s revision queue for the beginning of the third trimester. Suddenly the manuscript did a flip turn and wound up back on my desk! Paragraphs moved, chapters reorganized, new research synthesized, interview notes reviewed, new text added, sentences reworded, tenses modified, source notes appended, bibliography amended, scientists vetted. Phew!”

But that’s not all!

Patti: “Unlike my two previous picture books where I did not have much input on the art, my opinion was solicited and valued with PLASTIC, AHOY! The brilliant designers and production people at Millbrook Press/Lerner Books nurtured my “baby” to term. Together we presided over a host of production decisions: cover choice voting, caption writing, image selecting, image shifting, sidebar designing, source note editing, bio writing, dedication writing. And those were just the ones in which I was involved. The production team made many more decisions behind-the-scenes.”

Non-fiction authors must be READY and WAITING.

Patti: “When a new version of the layout appeared in my inbox, I dropped everything to meet the quick turn-around schedule. Every step of the way the print deadline knocked at our door, building the anticipation and excitement. The third trimester wasn’t easy, but it was thrilling to be so close to the book’s production phase. Next time I sell a nonfiction book I will know how much time to block out for third trimester activities!”

Expect the unexpected, as well:

Part-way through this process, Patti’s editor went on maternity leave!

Patti: “And perhaps the greatest irony of all? My due date is April Fool’s Day.” (No joke!)

Follow Patti on Twitter @PatriciaNewman and check out her books–

*perfect reads for Veteran’s Day!*

Check back next week for What to Expect…part8: After the book is born.

GET YOUR BABY OUT THERE!

What To Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part6: Multiple Births (writing a series)

My guests this week on WHAT TO EXPECT…,

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Chad Morris

Naomi Kinsman

Naomi Kinsman

Chad Morris and Naomi Kinsman, are both authors of middle grades SERIES.

Yes, Virginia–Welcome to Part6:
MULTIPLE BIRTHS.

Chad Morris’ fantasy/adventure series, Cragbridge Hall (Shadow Mountain), follows twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge who go to school in the year 2074, “where students don’t read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn’t around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.”

Naomi Kinsman is the author of the four book series, Faithgirlz/ From Sadie’s Sketchbook (Zonderkidz), about 12-year-old Sadie Douglas, who struggles to fit into a new town and school, facing questions about all she has come to believe, including family, friendships, and faith.

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Naomi’s first two books, SHADES OF TRUTH and FLICKERING HOPE came out in November 2011.

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Book 3, BRILLIANT HUES, came out in September 2012, and book 4, WAVES OF LIGHT, came out April 2012.

Which leads to the topic I gave Naomi:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting… Quadruplets?

Naomi says her dream of being a writer started, “so long ago that I can’t remember when the fantasy began. I was an Anne of Green Gables kind of girl who ‘flies up on the wings of anticipation.’ For me, over half the joy of any activity is building the experience ahead of time in my mind, considering the options, making choices, planning, dreaming…Visioning is my strength and weakness. ”

So what did young author-wannabe Naomi expect?

Naomi: “I imagined Author Naomi would type her stories on a typewriter in a round turret office, possibly inside a lighthouse, looking out over a stormy sea which would sometimes, magically, be tropical so I could take breaks to drift on an inflatable raft while dolphins dove and jumped all around me. I’d ride a bicycle down to the village post office to pick up letters from readers and hand reply to each one of them. I’d fly to London and Paris and New York and even small towns in Kansas and do school visits where I’d work hands on with young writers. No matter how busy I became, I’d make sure that any young person who wanted to grow up to be a writer had absolutely everything they needed to pursue their dream. And on and on and on.”

What did adult Naomi expect?

Naomi: “As I grew up, my expectations matured, but at the base, they remained the same. I’d step into my professional life with grace. I’d be available to all, with time to be creative and to be a professional. I’d have hours on end to write, while also perfectly balancing all my other responsibilities. My books would easily find their way into the hands of readers. I’d thought it all through, considered the possibilities, and knew that because of my careful planning, I wouldn’t make any mistakes. Not important ones, anyway.”

What Really Happened:

Naomi: “When my From Sadie’s Sketchbook series was acquired, suddenly I had deadlines I wasn’t sure I could meet. Every six months a book was due, and I wrote in terror that maybe my words weren’t good enough. How would I know? I had to move on to the next project. There was no time to float around with the dolphins while pondering my next plot point.”

No floating indeed.

I can remember seeing Naomi in the hotel lobby of SCBWI LA one summer, revising madly in the early morning hours before the conference, while the rest of us stumbled past searching for coffee!

Naomi: “Then, the books started coming out, and all my ideas and plans about how to give each book the time and marketing attention it needed flew out the window. I was human and humans, unfortunately can only do one thing at a time.

“Here’s the thing, though. Under pressure, the Sadie books turned out to be better books than I could have written if I’d had all the time in the world. The school visits and letters back to readers and book launch parties have all had this delightful air of surprise, because I never really know what’s just around the corner. I can expect all I want, but in the end, I think the surprises are the good stuff. You won’t get what you expect, but the surprises will outweigh the disappointments. I’m sure I’ll never stop flying up on the wings of anticipation and crashing back down again, and honestly, the rush of anticipation is joyful. But the tiny real-life moments are a different kind of joy, a steadier, more sustainable kind of joy, and I, for one, need both.”

Sounds a lot like parenting to me…

Book-Dad Chad Morris agrees.

The Inventor’s Secret, which came out last March, was his first “baby.”

Book 2, Cragbridge Hall, The Avatar Battle, is due March 2014.

I asked Chad about his expectations before the “due date” and what really happened…

What Chad Expected

“Like having a baby, I had my mix of feeling crazy excited, nervous, and just plain impatient for The Inventor’s Secret. I’d like to think that I had some reasonably realistic expectations, though. I was a rookie, still am. My book probably wasn’t going to sell like crazy right out of the gate, and may never sell crazy at all. And I was okay with that. I was just thrilled to have the chance. But I hoped I did all I could to give it a chance to be successful—maybe even wildly successful.

“It’s rather similar to being a parent. I think I have some realistic expectations. My kids may not grow up to be geniuses, heart surgeons, movie directors, rock stars, ninjas, jedis, or rulers of the universe. And I’m okay with that. But I hope I’ve done what I should to give them a chance to be successful—maybe even wildly successful.

“The book market and the world in general can be quite fickle. They don’t always put value on what we wish. I really think the best move we can make is to work hard, love big, and hope for the best. ”

What Really Happened

(“the shortened version”) “About three weeks before my book hit the shelves, my nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a tumor on her pituitary gland. The thing was massive—about two and a half golf balls in size—and it was crowding her brain and her optic nerves. We went to one of the best neurosurgeons in the world (who happened to practice about 30 min. away from my home—blessing!) and went in for surgery about a week before my book came out.”

She loves mustaches, by the way, so gobs of well-wishers posted pics with mustaches to cheer her up….

As for Chad and his new book–

Chad: “To be frank, I didn’t really care about my book. I hardly thought about it. I hardly thought about anything other than my girl and my family. It was a dream coming true, but I had a more important dream to take care of. I cancelled some of my tour, put the rest on the possible chopping block, and spent my book birthday with a brave nine-year-old in a hospital room. And I didn’t feel bad about it at all.

“Thankfully, the surgery went very well, if you saw my daughter now you’d never guess she’s had neurosurgery, and my book hasn’t bombed. In fact, for being a no-name rookie, I think it’s doing okay. I was able to pick up some of my tour dates and I LOVE doing school visits, talking with kids about books, and hanging out at signings. My kids like it too.

“So, just like having a kid, it didn’t go like I thought.”

Me: You and Shelly have five kids, right? How is having the next child like writing the next book?

Chad: “Yep, five kids. Shelly is awesome, and we’re crazy. Our house is often messy and noisy, but it’s also raging with fun and energy. Four of my five kids are in the target audience of my books (8-12 year-olds. Our twins just turned 8.) and they are full throttle stoked that their dad has a book out. I’m pretty sure my oldest boy could convince about anyone on the planet to read my book. My kids love to come to signings and events with me and meet other authors. They are pretty thrilled with the whole book scene right now.”

Me: And your next book?

Chad: “Well just like having another baby, it came with all the mix of feelings. I still have them. I knew that though it would have a familial resemblance to the first, it would be very different as well. And I wanted that. But whenever anything is different it can bring a little extra worry. Now, I have Cragbridge Hall, The Avatar Battle in for a final round of edits (I hope) and I’m hoping this baby is well accepted by the world.”

Check back in with Chad in March 2014 to find out!

Meanwhile…

Chad: “I’m optimistic about my books and my family. And that’s a great place to be. And if the pattern of my family holds true, next I’ll have two books at the same time. Twins! Then I’ll wait 3 years for another. And then I’ll be done.”

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Follow these fabulous authors on Twitter @ChadCMorris @NaomiKinsman and READ their books!

And next week, check out part7– THE THIRD TRIMESTER: flip-turns, getting that baby to term, and decisions–decisions (especially with non-fiction!).