It Really Can Be Like Your Baby. Sort Of #MFRWAuthor

2015_8 Labor of Love hop_D2 copyThere’s an Amazon discussion group titled BBA, Books are Not Babies. The group ,mainly discovers and discusses authors who have lost perspective on the whole publishing game, and defend their books from all criticism, claiming their books are their ‘special babies,’ not to be criticized in any way.

Yeah these people can get a bit extreme especially when they start trying to argue with reviewers. In case you were wondering, no, you do not want to be arguing with reviewers.

However there are some significant similarities between producing a book and producing a child.

It can take months, or even years, to complete a book. During that time you build and grow your germ of an idea until it is

ready for the real world. When it comes time to reveal that book to the world you polish up the outside until it’s slick and shiny and just plain pretty. Same as dressing your child in their very best to meet the family.

Each time after I finished my first books I felt a vague unease, as if everything was a let down. Similar, I realized, to postpartum depression. I had lived and breathed that book for months and now…it was done. There was nothing more I could do with the book and it seemed there was nothing else I really wanted to do.

This is when some writers turn to reading obsessively, catching up on books they missed while immersing themselves in their own book. Some are able to immediately

Teach Me To Forget, a story of rebirth and trust

turn to a new story, particularly if they’re under a time crunch. I tend to garden and usually come out of my stupor to look around a the piles of piles of who knows what that at one time pretended to be tables in my work area.

There’s nothing wrong with thinking of your book as your ‘baby’ as long as you don’t then decide to protect that baby from the cold cruel world. Do the best you can with writing, with editing, then slap that best dress in the closet on as a cover and send it off to prom. You have a lot more where that one came from!

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12 responses to “It Really Can Be Like Your Baby. Sort Of #MFRWAuthor

  1. grandmatina

    Great looking book. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. isisthe12th

    Hello Mona, what an inspirational post. I loved it. It must be so hard to be a writer. Thank you
    Happy Memorial Day weekend!


  3. The comparisons are right on point. Only when a baby is shown off, no matter how ugly or pretty, he or she is loved. Thank you so much for helping to put this blog hop together. Happy Labor Day.

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  4. My favorite labor of love was quiltting my kids matching quilts


  5. Linda

    Thanks for sharing ..but oh am I having a hard time participating in the blog hop. I’m just getting nowhere with it.

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  6. livrancourt

    Well said! I baby my projects like anything until it’s time for them to make their way in the big wide world. And then I noodle around until the next idea takes hold.
    Happy Labor Day!

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  8. Mona, Great Advice!! I have a problem of letting go of my babies. I always seem to feel they’re not quite perfect.

    Thank you for helping to put this blog hop together!!

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  9. Oh so true, except instead of twelve plus hours of labor, we’re looking at months and months. In the end it’s all worth it! Happy Labor Day, Mona and thank you for taking part in the hop!

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  10. kaisquared4

    Great advice! Thanks for being part of the hop!


  11. Mona, you’ve said it all. When I write The End and cry, for two days I pace the house after sending the manni to my publisher and then I start a new book. Creative juices flow. At eighty four I have a lot of ideas in my head and still care for my granddaughter and help out my teacher daughter busy with her life. And the the hubs needs loving care so off I go.
    2 5star reviews for my latest book, When Double becomes Single. YIPPEE!

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