The Life Cycle of a Novel


I’m really new at all this, but I’m seeing a pattern:

1. Write novel. Think it’s really cool. Send it out.

2. Wait a month. Re-read novel. Realize it’s completely and utterly stupid.

3. Publisher accepts novel. Re-read it and think, hey, it’s not so bad.

4. Waiting for revision letter from publisher, re-read it and think: OMG, this is the stupidest thing ever written–when will they realize it and change their minds? Then revision letter comes outlining all the things you didn’t do right. Feeling of complete and utter failure deepens.

5. Revisions begin. There’s light in the darkness. It might be salvaged after all.

Well, you see the pattern here. It’s like a flippin’ roller coaster. Love it hate it love it hate it mildly like it detest it, etc etc etc. I’m told this pattern will continue through publication.

Back to work.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

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