An Author’s Stress Relief

Today hits the eight-week mark prior to when my debut novel, MOTHER OF PEARL, lands on store bookshelves.  After months of writing the manuscript, negotiating the contract, edits, cover design, promo videos, website building, blogging . . . now the real work starts.


The M word. 


Thank goodness I have one of the best publicists in the business helping me – Rebeca Seitz of Glass Road Media and Management.  This gal has been in the publishing world a long time and knows the ropes.  She’s planning some really fabulous promotion for my baby (so stay tuned).

Rebeca is also the queen of noticing when I’m feeling stress, and often reminds me I’ve written a great book readers will love. In those times when her gentle reminders are not enough and the music inside my head sounds a lot like a Kurt Cobain rant, I’ve found there are really effective ways to reduce stress:

  1. EAT.  Okay, so maybe not the best solution, given I will be on a stage soon and don’t want my pants to pull thin.  But a good plate of mashed potatoes and gravy satisfies!
  2. MASSAGE.  This one is a lot better for the waistline, and makes you feel like a wet noodle. When you’re that relaxed, who cares about whether or not a book sells.
  3. GIRLFRIENDS.  Friends who tickle my ears and tell me my emotions are justified and express my book is bound to hit the bestseller lists are keepers. And if they claim the mashed potatoes and gravy have not created a bigger backside . . . well, all the better.
  4. A LITTLE GRANDSON.  Who can think about all the marketing details when a tiny dimpled hand plops a Duplo block in your lap? I’m finding pure joy chases away all angst.
  5. QVC.  Every author needs a Micro-Pedi Battery Operated Callous Remover or a set of heat-resistant corn cob holders. (seriously, my husband threatened to yank the credit card yesterday. At least until after the book releases.)

I hope you’ve laughed along with me at my list. But it’s true, there is a level of stress that can build for a debut author. The only trustworthy way to relieve my anxious spirit is this:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11 

I don’t know what my future in publishing holds, but regardless, my days ahead will be good.



MOTHER OF PEARL releases Sept 1 and tells the story of a high school counselor who learns her daughter had an inappropriate relationship with the football coach, and how she risks everything to bring him to justice.

THANK YOU to all who have pre-ordered.