Sunday, January 30, 2011

Releasing Your Debut Novel is like Losing Your Virginity

After what seems like an eternity, my debut thriller, FINAL VECTOR, launches in just over twenty-four hours. I signed the contract with Medallion Press in December, 2009, so this day has taken a while to get here. At times it felt like it never would.

I was thinking about it earlier tonight and it occurred to me that for an author, the release your very first novel resembles nothing quite as much as losing your virginity. Think about it:

- In both cases, you have absolutely no idea what you're getting into when you start.

- In both cases, your mood is ninety percent breathless anticipation and ten percent absolute gut-wrenching terror, especially as the big moment gets closer and closer.

- In both cases, you are plagued with self-doubt, with the exact same thought running through your head: "What if my reviews suck?"

- In both cases, as soon as it's over, your immediate goal is to do it again, despite the fact it can only be your first time once.

- In both cases, it's a moment you will remember the rest of your life.

Of course, there are differences, no matter how similar the two events are. For example:

- I didn't write any of my book in the back seat of my mom's car.

- I was alone for most of the writing of my book, unlike when I lost my virginity. As far as you know.

Still, despite these minor differences, I believe my point is a good one. FINAL VECTOR will be available beginning at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all major online booksellers beginning Tuesday, February 1. I would love it if you check it out.

6 comments:

Dani said...

Congratulations! How exciting!

Al Leverone said...

Thanks, Dani!

teachskiing4fun said...

I will check it out first thing in the morning Allan. It sounds awesome!

Al Leverone said...

Thank you; I hope you enjoy it!

Samantha's--Dad said...

I tried to find the book today, medallion press says it will be available Feb 11.

Al Leverone said...

Yes, it's been a real adventure. Sorry about that. They're telling me it will probably begin appearing at the different outlets before then, but there have been problems with the "file conversions."

I'm not quite sure what that means, either, but thanks so much for your interest and I hope you will consider checking back!