The last nine months have felt like that 45-degree climb at the beginning of a rollercoaster. Things were click-click-clicking higher and higher. The book sale. The cover art. Foreign sales. The audiobook.
Everything was so exciting...and the book wasn’t even out yet! I could hardly wait for the actual ride to begin.
But now? Limbo-land.
Other than the people who received my galleys (and our fabulous Disco Mermaid supporters!), no one will know about Thirteen Reasons Why until October. After working on the book for almost four years, it’s come down to four months of limbo. And it is the most insanely agonizing waiting game I’ve ever played. I would love a call from Razorbill saying, “You know, we’d like to go ahead and release your book this weekend. Are you okay with that?”
So to pass the time (because that ain’t gonna happen)—and to fulfill my contract—I’m working on Book 2.
They say you never forget how to ride a bike. But did you know it’s entirely possible to forget how to write a book? At least, it feels that way sometimes. A different story with different characters means a whole new set of problems. Who knew?
A handful of people have read the basic outline for Book 2, but only a few actual pages have been read by anyone…until now. On Wednesday, I sent the first 54 pages to my editor. So far, in this whole process, she’s been like my own private cheerleader. But now she’s putting on her coach’s whistle and pulling out her clipboard.
And as I wait to hear back…it’s back to Limbo-land.