A MONTH. AWAY.
Yes, you heard me. SISTERHOOD IS DEADLY, the first Sorority Sisters Mystery, ever, in the history of the world, will be released unto mankind A MONTH FROM TODAY. Can you feel it? The trembling excitement that readers everywhere are hearing about?
And no, authors don't exaggerate AT ALL about their books.
Everyone says self-promotion is super awkward and difficult and I agree. I'm not going to spend everyday tweeting and posting about this book because once it's released, it's kind of out of my hands. A really good friend of mine recently came clean and apologized for not reading KNOW WHEN TO HOLD HIM yet. And I just laughed and said, "It's okay" and something like, "I don't care if you do or not."
She's never looked that shocked by me before. And I've shared deep, dark, secrets with this woman, like how I was thisclose to getting a Grateful Dead dancing bear tattoo when I was eighteen.
I tried to explain, and I'm still not sure I was successful, that when I say "I don't care if she reads it" it's because I know she's a super busy high powered executive and involved mom of three active kids. She barely has time to return texts but I know this person has my back 100% and is a huge cheerleader for me and always has been. Her love and support are what's important to me. That's what keeps me going.
I recently wrote the dedication to SISTERHOOD IS DEADLY and I knew exactly who I wanted to dedicate this book to: Women everywhere who share their light with others and shine brighter for it.
Because in the past six months, I've learned a great deal about support - from other women, other writers, from friends, from maybe-enemies. Support that comes from unexpected corners and support that never materializes from those you relied on. The message has been reinforced from other things I've been reading, like an article about how women need to stop criticizing each other and play bigger. This older piece on Shine Theory was particularly eye-opening for me, especially this quote:
When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her.Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better.
Publishing is an extremely tough business, maybe even cutthroat, but it's also filled with women who build each other up, believing and living the above mantra. I've benefited tremendously from the support of many amazing women and I hope to give back twice as much.
This is, probably not uncoincidentally (that's a word, right?), the philosophy of Margot Blythe, the protagonist of the Sorority Sisters Mysteries. Whatever you think about Margot (after you've read the book, at 12:01 am on July 7, 2015, of course) know that she only wants everyone to succeed (except for that trashy sorority chapter - you know the one.)
So yeah. I'm really excited about what's to come. SISTERHOOD is a beautiful culmination of so many positive experiences that just having it published is pretty damn good. But it will also feel pretty good when y'all buy it.