I have set a publication date for Synthetica.
The thought makes me want to simultaneously jump for joy and throw up out of nerves.
How? How on earth am I going to fit everything in before my proposed date?? Will the novel actually be ready (i.e. will I wake up the day before and realise the whole thing needs to be trashed and completely rewritten)?? Am I actually capable enough to do all my own promo?? Will anyone even WANT to feature/review my book?? Have I made a serious error and I'm not actually cut out to be a writer at all??
Does this mean that I finally have to admit to the world that I've written a book??
I can't even believe the amount of fears and anxieties I'm experiencing right now - it's about 100 times worse than anything I've felt during an IWSG post....and I haven't even published my book yet.
And yet...it's also strangely exhilarating. I finally have a timeline to complete everything in. I can finally put a plan together for marketing my book. It's finally snapping me into action.
And that is, if I'm completely honest, the real reason why I made the decision to publish my book. Without this deadline, I could go through revision after revision and keep putting off doing the deed with excuse after excuse. But I don't want to do that. I don't want to be a writer who writes, but never has the nerve to publish anything. I want to write, and I want people to read what I've written.
People might hate it. People might (hopefully) love it.
But I'm never going to know what I'm capable of until I actually publish it. It's time for me to stop messing around and get serious about my writing.
So (providing there are no major major catastrophes) pop the date in your diary, folks...
1st April 2015...Synthetica is coming.