Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This Day: All Sweet...Hardly Any Evil

My normal day to blog is the 1st. Today also happens to be the day that my debut novel, Sweet Evil, goes on sale from HarperTeen. For the past month I've been strangely calm, almost nonchalant, because after two years of waiting for this day to come I've already run through the gamut of emotions so many times. Now the idea of getting published, while still amazing, has become my "norm," so I *thought* I'd be playing it WAY cool for my release.

And then yesterday arrived. The day before publication. And all that blase just flew right the heck out the window.

Have you ever seen the clip of actress Kristen Bell on Ellen? She describes it so perfectly when she's talking about her emotions. I get it, because I'm the same way...a crier.  I cry when any strong emotion hits me: joy, sadness, frustration, surprise, you name it. Well, her dream of interacting with a sloth came true, and she had a mega-meltdown. It's really rather adorable and I love her for it.  Have a looksee for yourself.  :)



I've cried so many tears on this journey to publication. Tears of rejection, disappointment, disbelief when an editor showed interest, that holy-crap-I'm-getting-published moment, then... sadness when readers don't love it, but joy when they do. 

Well, between yesterday and today, my eyes have worked overtime because it ALL hit me ALL OVER AGAIN! And I don't want to take a moment of it for granted. Yesterday morning I started getting messages from lifelong friends and family members on facebook, then excited readers on Twitter saying "One more day!" and next thing I knew my whole body was buzzing with a crazy adrenaline rush.




And then just as quickly I was getting weepy and waxing poetic in tweets to friends about releasing my "baby" to fly. I hugged each of my children in turn, holding them tight and telling them how they were both dream-come-trues. This was followed by sending "I love you, man" emails to my editor, as if I'd had one too many celebratory drinks, thanking her for believing in me and my story. I wanted to hug everyone in sight who said anything nice to me. *hugs*




And between it all, I just cried. Overwhelmed. Loved. Humbled. Thank you.




To learn more about my journey, please visit my blog.

I love you, man.
~Wendy

21 comments:

  1. Oh Wendy, Congratulations! What a momentous day for you! I hope you enjoy it for all it's worth! <3

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  2. Happy book release day, Wendy!! The big day is finally here when Sweet Evil is out in the world. YAY!! ^_^

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    1. Thank you, Liz! You and Ezzy are two of my book's longest-running fans. :) Ah...my little Angel Prophecy is all grown up now.

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  3. Congratulations! Where can I learn more about your baby?

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    1. Just updated the post - thanks for the reminder! Here's my blog: www.wendyhigginswrites.com :)

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  4. congrats! that is so exciting, and I am right there with you and the crying! I loved the video and laughed so hard. I think Kristen is my new favorite actress!

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    1. I liked Kristen before, but now I luvs her. :) Thanks, Amber!

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  5. Happy release day!! I can't wait for the world to see how incredible SWEET EVIL is. <3

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  6. Ohhhhh... WENDY! You're one of the sweetest (Tries to think of a pun) people I know! I'm SO proud of you for this journey and so happy for your success! You are such a talent and I'm so glad that it's being highlighted to the world. You are truly AWESOME. <3

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  7. HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY, WENDY! You've worked SO hard for this, and now it's all going to pay off. :) So excited for you.

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  8. Happy Book Release Day!!!!! :-D I'm so, SO excited for you - and (selfishly) me!! I just got my copy!! WOOP!!!

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  9. Awww. Congratulations! Enjoy the big day. :)

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  10. Congratulations Wendy!!!! Sweet Evil is first on my list of books to buy when I go to the store this weekend. If they don't already have it there I'm going to have a break down. I'll probably call the bookstore first just to make sure they do. Sometimes they're really late with new releases.

    Again CONGRATS! :D

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  11. Congratulations, Wendy!!!! I can't wait to get the book!!!!

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  12. This is hands down one of my favourite books ever. I'm so glad it's now on the shelves. Now hurry up and finish books 2 and 3 =P *cracks whip*

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  13. Congrats, honey! That video was just hilariously adorable. I've never seen it before. I cried laughing.

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