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One week to go. Yes, one.

The closer Prada & Prejudice's release gets, the more surreal it feels. It almost seems impossible that it could be coming out next week. Shouldn't there be an orchestra working up to a fevered pitch or something? Instead, it's just, well, quiet. Hmm. I suppose it is the calm before the storm.

So, it's not really a countdown if there's only one item on the list, but here it is:

The emotions I am feeling now:

Nervous.

Oh, there are a ton more I could add. Excited. Anxious. Elated. Estatic. But mostly, I'm just nervous. It's like the moment a surfer is gripping the edge of the board, counting down the seconds until they are going to pop up on their feet, and either sail gloriously on top of the board as the wave crests--- or promptly face plant and plough straight into the sandy bottom.

I'm nervous no one is going to buy it. or read it. or care about its existance.

I'm nervous people ARE going to read it and they're going to hate it and they're going to tell everyone else to hate it.

I'm nervous I told my local indy to order WAY too many copies for the launch and that no one will show up, and I'm nervous that everyone will show up and I'll fumble through signing and we'll sell out and I'll just have to stare at people, totally empty handed.

I'm nervous that i won't be able to find my book in stores, even though I know that many of them are planning to stock it.

I'm nervous for next week, when I'm going to walk into a bookstore and see my book for the very first time, because I think I'm going to burst into tears when I see it. But if it happens, it will be okay. It will be more than okay.

It will be perfect.

Comments

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cathschaffstump
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
It'll be wonderful, and we'll all tell everyone it's wonderful.

You'll see.

Catherine
mandyhubbard
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you!

And in your icon, you look so confident, i simply MUST believe you. :-)
cathschaffstump
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's why I use that icon. :)


Catherine
lisa_schroeder
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I really think you have nothing to worry about! Early reports seem to be glowing, and that baby is going to fly off the shelves, I just know it. But I totally understand!!
mandyhubbard
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you Lisa. :-). I think nervousness is universal for authors, isn't it? You could tlel me that you personally witnessed 10,000 teens buying my book and I'd think, "but I bet soem of them will return it!"

ha.
bec_fitzpatrick
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
On week!! You're almost there . . . wow. So crazy exciting! And like everyone else said, it's going to be amazing. I can't wait to get my own copy!
seeyouupside
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Well just to let you know my whole extended family knows about P&P so I'm sure you'll have a few buyers on the East Coast. :-) Including myself!

I think that P&P will do fine. It appeals to a lot of young girls, especially since time travel with a HOT, YOUNG DUKEEEEE (and no not the university in NC) is really popular. I know the supernatural is popular but time travel-with-cute-love-interest is totally going to make a comeback. I can feeeeel it.

I also went to BEA 2009 for two days and asked if they had your book there. Sadly, no. They offered me a copy :-) but I TURNED THEM DOWN!!! So I could go to Barnes and Noble or what not and buy it myself. Your reps are sweet, though.


robinellen
Jun. 1st, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Having read it and enjoyed it, I have a feeling you don't need to worry :) I mean, I get that you will anyway, but it's a fun, fun read, and teens are going to love it!
kellyrfineman
Jun. 1st, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hang in there. You only cross this particular threshold once, so enjoy the ride!
kderting
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think the nerves are normal, but I don't think you have ANYTHING to worry about!!! You're gonna rock it! All of it!!! (Oh, and I need at least three copies at the launch, so yeah, they should probably order a lot!)

I'm so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ext_122896
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh! It will be amazing! People will show. People will buy your book, and I'm sure they'll love it. And how could you not cry when you see your book on the shelves, really?
(Anonymous)
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
But aren't you excited???? I started P&P yesterday, and I'm sure that when people see how totally fabulous and original it is, they will most definitely buy it. The review on my page will be up soon! Congrats on the almost-release!

--Claire
www.bookwormbooklovers.blogspot.com
rhondastapleton
Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a ROARING success. I just know it! Your book has fantastic buzz, a killer concept, and the writing to back it up. ((hugs)) I can't WAIT for my pre-ordered copy to come in!
readthisbook.wordpress.com
Jun. 3rd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Don't worry! I'm sure your signing will be a success and everyone will buy P&P. I am VERY EXCITED to buy your book. I told a big major bookstore to order it and they told me to check back next month and right now it's just the beginning of June. I nearly cried! Because, you see, books arrive here TWO-SIX weeks after the release date. =(

But I am sure everyone in US will buy P&P once it's available. They will read it and LOVE it!
lin17
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Excited!
I'm super(1000x) excited to read your book! I hope it will be released here in the Philippines at the same time in US.
mandyrtaylor
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
I sooo wanna win your contest but P&P seems determined not to show its face prematurely! Looking at B&N tomorrow... plus, BTW, went into my local indie today and asked if they were going to carry it (it might be mentioned that both times now that I have asked this question, the bookseller refers me to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies... to which I say.....no thanks). They hadn't ordered any copies... but now they have!! ;) AND they have a "Customer Recommendations" shelf where it will be strategically placed!
mandyhubbard
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
omg! You're so sweet! Thank you. It really DOES make a difference if the book is in actual stores, so I really appreciate it.

P&P&Z seems determined to attach itself to Prada, ha. It's linked on Amazon too. Them Zombies, they're a stubborn bunch!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm sure your launch will be terrific. Remember to have fun!
~Barrie
http://barriesummy.blogspot.com
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