The strangest thing that's happened to me as I've neared completion of The Paladin is how real things are starting to feel to me. I've had what I've heard called "impostor syndrome" for a while, where no matter what I do, I don't feel like I belong there. But as this book inches closer and closer, things have happened. Strange things.
For one, I actually have had dreams about my novel. Not about writing it or editing it. About the characters in it. Like I would over a television show or a movie. Then, I started considering what I might do for marketing The Paladin, and two ideas struck me that made me look at everything as real. First, that I'd probably start a Patreon to help support me as I write the next book (depending on how publishers treat me) and that I could offer special rewards to Patrons, like "Katie's Bestiary Manual," a complete guide to all the creatures in The Paladin as dictated by Mason Katie Hooper.
If that wasn't enough, I started thinking about some friends of mine, specifically the good dudes over at Smash Fiction, and was mentally sorting them into Paladin disciplines like someone might sort into a Harry Potter house. I thought, "Wow, putting out a personality quiz might be a cool way to promote the book once I'm ready to publish!"
These are things real authors think about. And you know what, I'm inching toward being one, too. Maybe then these thoughts will be normal and not just a strange musing.
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