DON’T GET CAUGHT Released Today!
I’ll try not to get too sappy about this, but yes, my debut novel, DON’T GET CAUGHT is being released today. I’m a bit freaked out about the whole thing, and it also has me feeling a bit nostalgic.
Here’s the short version of how I ended up here: I started writing back in the summer of 2002 as part of the Ohio Writing Project, a program at Miami University where I was starting work on my Master’s degree. Lots of people were writing personal narratives, but I quickly ran out of drama in my life to write about, and turned to writing horror short stories instead. A couple of years later I ended up at Tom Monteleone’s Borderland’s Writing Workshop in Maryland, fell in with a great group of writers who helped and pushed me, published a handful of short stories, moved on to writing a novel which didn’t sell, and then onto something much more me — DGC, a novel of over-the-top pranks, anti-authoritarianism, lots of juvenile humor, and hopefully some laugh out loud moments. I think most people will dig it.
The last few months have kept me busy with writing guest blog entries and doing whatever promotional work I can dream up. Mostly, I’ve been breaking most of the good advice writers gave me by checking and rechecking my sales rankings, my Goodreads’ reviews, and Googling my own name. I’ve been fortunate in that (most of) the reviews have been very positive, and nothing has made me want to put my head in the oven. At least not yet.
If anything, I’ve struggled with the lack of control I have over the whole thing. The book’s finished, the promotional materials have been delivered, the arcs out and reviewed, and at this point, the stores have their copies. I have an extreme case of “Now what should I do?” which is hard because the answer is nothing. At this point, I can just hope that people like the book, tell their friends about it, and that it catches on. And if it doesn’t, that’s fine, too. I’ve published a novel, something most people will never do. I need to enjoy this moment, enjoy the day, enjoy next week’s signing, and move on to the next book.
I have a hundred people I could thank, and most of them I hit up in the Acknowledgments at the end of the novel. I’ve also met a bunch of wonderful writers and people in publishing in the last two years who have become good friends. And a final thanks to all of the reviewers out there who have promoted the book and have given it a fair shake. This book would be dead on the vine without you.Mostly though, I’m thankful for my wife and kids who give me the time and space to write, and put up with my moods when the writing’s not going very well. I’ll be spending the day with them and celebrating the novel’s release probably by visiting a couple of bookstores to see the book and then getting pizza or something. Nothing fancy, just family time and whatnot, the way I like it.
If you’ve bought the book, thank you! I hope you enjoy it. If you feel the urge, drop me a line and I’ll send you a button or a bookmark or whatever promotional items I have around until I run out. I appreciate the support more than you can know.