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Our question for the month is "What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?" I'll get to that in a minute. First, I have to unload my neurotic insecurities, as well as a few that are all-too-reasonable.

I have a book coming out at the end of the month. That gives me lots of opportunities to freak out display insecurities: What if no one buys it? What if no one likes it? What if someone writes a really horrid review of it? What if I miss my deadlines and it doesn't come out?? What if I totally blow the publicity part and no one even knows? (A fairly reasonable fear, given my track record).

To add to the fun, I have a local live event scheduled for December 10, which gives me a whole other area to be insecure about: What if no one comes? (Alas, another not wholly groundless fear, given turnout at some other events). What if I say something stupid? What if I make a joke and no one laughs? Of course, this event is far enough in the future that I can *really* freak out about it at the December IWSG.

On the up side, I HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT AT THE END OF THE MONTH! Cue triumphant march music. Despite all my distractions and time spent not working, I managed to pull it together and spend the time necessary to do the revisions, the polishing, to assemble the cover (saving money on the pro...some assembly required). This not only feels like a huge accomplishment, but I'll be glad to get this book off my plate and move the next one into place.

Because, oh, yeah, I'm going to harness the NaNo momentum and try to get another draft together for the next book but one (always seem to have more lined up for revisions than I can get through).

So what's the best thing about being a writer? Aside from wearing sweatpants and a fuzzy sweatshirt to work, you mean? It's got to be getting recognized by little kids as the author of The Ninja Librarian. It only happens locally, where I visit the schools, but still--totally cool.
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And here it is: Book 3 of the Ninja Librarian series, due out Nov. 28! Preorders are now available from Amazon and Smashwords for the ebook. Preorder the paperback directly from this site and we'll pick up the shipping costs!