Friday, April 1, 2011

This is Not a Title

by Cheri Chesley

That's probably the extent of my joke-pulling for the day: announcing my title as not being one. Seriously, I'm not a huge fan of April Fools. I'd prefer to treat it like any other day. That, unfortunately, makes me a prime target. :)

Late last night, as I'd finished watching my movies and was ready to go to bed, I checked my emails one last time. I'd been contacted on Goodreads by a young woman who wants to interview me for an English assignment. Her message bubbled with enthusiasm, and she said I was "one of" her favorite authors and that she can't wait for the sequel to my first book. Thrilled, and humbled, I texted my hubby, announced it on my FB author page, and went to bed.

Then I started thinking. Is this a prank? Some people would love to "get" a poor, unsuspecting first-published author with something like this. After cutting my panic attack off at the pass, I decided the absolute worst case scenario is still livable: If this is someone's idea of a joke, my only fault is in being too trusting; too ready to believe that a young person would enjoy my book that much. This is not a bad thing. It shows I have confidence in my work. More confidence than I feel most times. :) I can live with that.

Prank or not, I'm good. I'd love for it to be true, and it likely is, but if it's not--that's okay, too.

I had an epiphany last Saturday. After a week of either WAY GOOD or WAY BAD reviews of my book, I decided to reaffirm I'm not writing for the masses. I am writing for myself. This journey is between me and God, although it is a public journey, the purposes and meaning are deeply personal. I spent the rest of that day completing my second book for submission, and mailed it off Monday morning, right on schedule.

I can only be the best ME I can be. That's true for all of us. I plan to grow as a writer with each book, not start out perfect and work my way down. And, when I believe I've put out the best work I can, I am sending the book to the publisher to say yes or no. With my ebooks, I will offer them to the most trusted of my beta readers to love or shred before putting them up for sale.

That doesn't mean I haven't spent the week (figuratively) biting my nails, certain my publisher will say no thanks to The Tyrant King. I'm still human. :)


  1. I just never can think of anything clever (that isn't actually mean) to do on April Fools. Best of luck on the interview and new book!

  2. I'm with you on the April fools day - not the biggest fan. I appreciate your post and I have to agree -trust and confidence win over cynicsm any day!



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