This week has been a little weird. I have been just finalised edits on LISTED, there is no more to be done aside from set it out to the great wide outernet which I am doing very soon. Advanced reader copy's are being sent out on the 28th of September to those who have signed up, I really hope people like my book, I have worked so hard on this and it's just a bittersweet moment to know I'm there in this journey. Not writing it anymore has been an adjustment.
Also this week I made a Bookstagram! Give me a follow!
Aside from that I have been working on myself. Lately, I have been experiencing a lot of self-doubt, I'm a very insecure writer so I just feel like I'm doing this entire journey to getting my book out into the world wrong. After speaking to other writers they have assured me I'm not and doing everything as normal. But yeah, apparently when it's your first book and self publishing for the first time this is normal thinking which is comforting to know. So brushing myself off, I'm thinking of new ways to market my book and all that jazz.
What is good is that I have been slowly getting out of a reading slump. I've been trying to read the Mortal Instruments series and after the third book, I was like "Okay, I need a break from this let's move on."
So I read Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and the first book was amazing, but part way through the second book, Thunderhead, I just had no motivation to read it even though I'm at a very crucial moment of the story line. Every now and then I kept trying to read but it wasn't sucking me in. In the end I just shelved it for a bit and started to read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, again no motivation!
Yet, while packing to move house soon, I found the book IT by Stephen King and even though this is a book way out of my comfort zone, it weirdly helped me get out of this weird reading slump I'm in. However, this is going to be a very casual read because it is so big, I hate broken spines and there is over 1,000 pages to get though so this book is fragile! So far it is amazing, but there is some derogatory language about LGBT people in there which is making me very angry. So I do have to keep reminding myself this book was originally published in the 1980's—this does not excuse or justify the use of such language. I'm finding it quite different to the movies too, so I do like seeing the difference.
Anyway when I'm not reading IT, I am still continuing to read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, and so far it is okay. Do I think it is amazing? No. But it's enough to keep me reading.
For this book, personally, the hype doesn't seem justified yet. To me it gives off ACOTAR vibes, where the first book was quite slow, you get to know the main character and then towards the end things really ramp up. Then the hype kind of stems as a result of the sequel. Who knows, but so far I am liking it. In a strange way.
After this book I may go back to Mortal Instruments, who knows. I don't. But stay tuned for my review of The Cruel Prince when I'm finished.
Have a great day people!