IWSG #2 – Stage Fright

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Hello, everyone.

Some of you might know that my second short is being released in the Portals Anthology June 5th and I thought I’d be ecstatic but what I’m feeling is an incredible attack of stage fright. What was I thinking? Tell me. I’d like to know.

It started off like any other crazy, wonderful idea. There was a call for submission. After reading about the fantasy anthology, I decided to give it a try. I love to write a little fantasy once in a while. What was really strange is how tempted I was to write some poetry to put into the story. I did this once before and the story fell flat on its sad little face.

But this time I was convinced this was the way to go. Yes, another brilliant idea. I blame the picture prompt Portals_FinalCoverthat they used for the cover. The longer I stared at the pic, the more my writing juices flowed. So I wrote pages of poetry–each small poem a clue to how to . . . Never mind. This is not supposed to be a promotional post.

What I’m trying to share here is that I wrote a story like we all have and will do again. It felt so good figuring out the plot, adding layers upon layers. Like all of us here, I love to write. And like some of us; I like to write within a framework of my own design. It’s the freedom of it all, so I worried over it, and I got the story where I wanted it, then sent Mexmur, The Huntress away for consideration. I actually expected it to be rejected, many of my works are. I never forget what a call of submission can be like, and while competing with so many brilliant writers, I wasn’t sure I had a chance.

It was accepted.

The edits came and went and I was still calm. The marketing expert sent me questions to answer for the blog tour. And through it all, I had no problem doing as they requested. It all seemed so far off.

Then I got real stupid, (or smart, depending on who you are), and approached every review blogger I’d ever come across, asking them to take a look at Portals. If they were interested, I arranged for them to get an ARC.

I was still riding the crest of the wave, excitement overflowing. Everyone else may still be excited. I don’t know; I can’t see a thing. I’m almost blind with terror.

So the thing that seemed for far off is days away. I’m asking, begging, if you want to know the truth, for support. What do you do when you’re suffering from stage fright? I need some tips to get through this because I suddenly feel like I’m making a speech naked, and maybe I am. Somebody hand me something to hide behind.


Some of you maybe laughing and I’m glad. How about you jump on this bandwagon and go through it too. My publisher is Roane Publishing. Click on the pic, for more.

1384654728They have posted a call for submission for a Halloween themed romance anthology. If you’re up for it, shorts between 5k and 12k should be submitted to Spooktaclar Seductions, by July 31, 2014.

60 responses to “IWSG #2 – Stage Fright

  1. terrirochenski

    I AM laughing! Great post, Anna. No worries – I’ll stand on stage with you, naked if need be, and hold your hand!!!

  2. I still haven’t gotten an ARC!
    I think waiting would be the hardest part for an author, that and reading the reviews once they do come in.
    *hugs* Hang in there!

  3. That`s awesome! Congratulations on everything, even if half of it is being done through blind terror.

  4. Relax, deep breath in and out. It’ll be great!

  5. Wahoo! Now breathe..it shall all be wonderful 🙂

  6. sherry fundin

    I agree with all the other comments. You have been successful, try and relax and enjoy it. I know that must be difficult, but I don’t know what else to say that could helpful. I’m doing a review for the tour, so I don’t know if I should give anything away before then – but I would like to tell your readers to pick up a copy for review.


  7. Firstly, congrats!!
    Secondly, be proud of your nakedness! Give everyone a big smile because this is happening and it’s too late to back out 😉

  8. jenniferbielman

    Congrats again. You go girl! Don’t worry, just enjoy.

  9. I understand! But it sounds like you’ve done enough to keep the process moving even through your stage-fright. I advise cocktails and naps until the release is past you. 🙂

  10. Stage fright in good in keeping us grounded. Congrats on the acceptance. That’s super.
    Silvia @

    • I never thought about it keeping me grounded. So true. It’s worth it, so I don’t turn into a monster–wha ha ha

      I hope it isn’t too late 🙂

  11. How exciting for you! Enjoy the launch day experience and run with it (even naked if you have to!!) Congratulations and best wishes!!

  12. What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations!! You’re not crazy to feel this stage fright. It’s scary to put our work out there and have others read it and form opinions. But you did it! You’re published! Enjoy the ride.

  13. Well, I’m not sure what you’re feeling stage fright over. Is it a blog tour you have to participate in? Sorry, I’m just about the densest reader out there. T.T

    I do, however, completely understand stage fright in general. My goodness, I’m the worst with that! I feel great sympathy for you! I hope you can figure out a way to get around your nerves. Just know I would probably have felt nerves so early on, I wouldn’t have been able to contact all those bloggers. You are braver than I.

  14. hmmm. I think it’s understandable. Haven’t gone through it yet, but I can imagine how nervous you must be! But you should do your best and be proud of what you’ve got/done. The rest is out of your control and there’s no need to sweat over it:)

  15. Congrats! And yes, stage fright is entirely acceptable. Break a leg, or maybe a finger?

  16. Debbie Johansson

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. I”m sure there will be many more to come. 🙂

  17. First of all, thank you for stopping by my post and commenting 🙂 Loved your idea of handing my muse a rope and having him hunt down my inner critic…if I could draw I’d create an image for that!
    The stage fright sounds normal. I haven’t experienced it yet, but I know when that time comes for me, I’ll be right there, shaking behind some shoddy, flimsy cardboard stage prop when I should be standing in the spotlight. BUT I do know that in this blogsphere there are SO MANY PEOPLE who are willing to hold your hand and help you through the fears, the insecurities and the sheer terror. You’ve done the best you can: you’ve reached out to them and I’ve read more than a few comments that offer hands of support. We’re here for you! Congrats on the story! You can DO this!!! 🙂

  18. Margo Berendsen

    Wonderful news! (well, except for the stage fright… but it’s still worth it, isn’t it?)

    • Thanks, I feel pretty good about things.

      I know the blog tour stops will test me–reviews and all. Hopefully I won’t have much to complain about next IWSG.. We’ll see.

      Thanks for coming by 🙂

  19. First, congratulations on your acceptance and publication. I know I certainly went through what you did when my first ebook came out last year. I was fine up until it actually came out. Then I freaked out, but after a while I calmed down. I realized I can’t control the reviews, the sales, but I can still be proud of my story. Just do what you can for Portals and start writing something new. You’ll be fine. If you ever want to do a promo post on my blog, let me know and we can set something up. 🙂 And thank you for telling us about the Spooktaclar Seductions call for submissions. I may have something. 😀

    • Thanks Chrys. The blog tour is full but you may be interested in the Roane Blog Hop they are organizing. Sign up link should be on their site. Good luck with the anthology; they’re a great group to work with. 🙂

  20. I’m having my second short story published in an anthology and I’ll still terrified. All the negative talk in my head puts a damper on my writing. I just did a post about positive affirmations and writing because of it. Good luck and congratulations!

  21. So excited for you! Yes, nerves. But savor the moment too!

  22. Wow! You are brave. It takes guts to put your work out there for the masses. The fact it got accepted is wonderous. Congrats. Also, be comforted by the fact it’s an anthology. That means it’s a crowd of you standing there naked. Together.

  23. Congratulations! Writing is so personal–it does feel like you’re baring all when you write. But enjoy it–I’m sure you have many exciting things ahead.

  24. Nice to meet you and congratulations on the anthology. Can’t give out any advice on stage freight. I’m sure you’ll get through it.

  25. Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment on my blog. I like your new one. Looks good and is easy to read. I wish I had some advise for you, maybe you don’t even need it by now, but the only thing I can say is breathe. A lot, slowly, before, during and after. You will be great and do fine, I’m sure! Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!

  26. You’re feeling this way because it’s so close to you, but that’s a good thing, truly good writing has to come from that close place.

  27. If I had any idea what I was getting into, I probably never would have started writing in the first place. 🙂 I think the hardest part of writing is convincing yourself that someone would actually enjoy your own personal style of writing.

    • Another good point that never occurred to me. Why does anyone want to read my work? I hope there are a few that come from the same mindset as myself or I’m in trouble. 🙂

  28. Definitely breathe! You’ll do great. You’re story will do great! Congrats!!

  29. I think you’ve already gotten through the hardest part- you submitted it! Deciding a story is finished and letting the thing go is the best/scariest thing an author can do, I think. The rest of it, technically, is out of our hands. I mean yes- you can be smart and witty with your interview questions, you can tweet and post and promote but the bulk of it is now in the hands of the reader. Trust that the hard work you’ve already done will pay off and that the readers will love your story, share it with others who will love it, and the story will find it’s life in the minds of all those who go out and purchase Portals. Congrats!!!

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