Hi guys! Happy Labor Day. In addition to today's post, Roni at Fiction Groupie has graciously invited me to guest blog today-- so please go read my post over at her blog!
Remember when you were at your very beginning stage as a writer and hadn't yet learned about the publishing industry? If you were at all like me, seven-figure advances and six-book deals danced in your eyes, and your biggest imagined obstacle to fulfilling your book contract was thinking of enough ideas to fill six books (although, of course, you'd be writing many more than six--after all, you had a NYT bestseller position to hold!).
After reality set in and expectations adjusted accordingly, you might have dreamed of simple things: book-signing parties with four different kinds of goat cheese and bread and other nibbly things, or maybe being interviewed in your local paper, or maybe telling the guy at work who takes every opportunity to "edit" your writing that yes, actually, you've published a book, so there.
My simpler dream is writing my acknowledgments section. This is the place to thank everyone who helped you get where you are (a published author), and if you're like me, that's a long list. There's all kinds of things to dream about this section: should I write it like an awards acceptance speech? Gimmicky and cute, saw it done once. Should I list all the relatives who helped along the way in addition to everyone who ever gave me feedback? Oh, and then there's the dedication. I'm fairly sure Mr. Sierra will get my first book's dedication. But subsequent books? Good thing I have lots of ideas in me, because I have a list of people to dedicate books to.
What do you dream about after becoming a published author?
Don't forget to read my post at Fiction Groupie--so there won't be any crickets chirping on Roni's blog!
Image credit: "Always Dreaming" by B1D1.