Having a book published is like having a baby, writes Laura Kemp…
When you’re trying to fall pregnant, you’re consumed by desire, promising yourself you’ll never ask for anything again.
Once you see that little blue line, you do a little dance of celebration and thank your lucky stars. Finally!
Then once the excitement has passed, the anxiety sets in. Fear of something going wrong and a neverending prayer that you’ll sail through the scans.
But it’s only when you’ve actually given birth and the euphoria has passed do you realise all of that was nothing compared to the worry now you have a baby!
It’s the same when you’re in the process of writing.
That dream of finding an agent, the process of creating a book, the aargh of sending it out to publishers and the ‘yes!’ of landing a deal and endorsements from ‘real authors’ because there’s no way you feel like one yourself yet. And the edits are on a par with the waddling stage of pregnancy – you get fed up and just want to get it over with!
Then your due day dawns and you’re strapped on a rollercoaster ride.
Going up, up, up, hoping people will like it, receiving a good review and daring to believe it’s a good book.
Then the worry sets in as you hurtle down, down, down, doing a silent inner scream when you get a bad review, doubting yourself, cringing at the necessary embarrassment of promoting it to anyone who will listen.
And then, on publication day, it gets delivered to the world and you are proud as punch.
You’ve done it – it’s a feat however you look at it.
But, oh my goodness, after that post-birth tea and toast has been digested, you start to think ‘well, I love my baby and it’s beautiful but what if people think it’s a bit funny looking?’.
That’s where I am now – a bit panicky, swinging between excitement and self-doubt, telling myself to enjoy the achievement but worrying all the same.
And the scariest thing of all, I’m already expecting my second!
Attention, all lardies!
Are you sick to death of mumupmanship at the school gates?
Have you had your fill of Mother Superiors who lose their baby weight in six weeks while you’re still carrying yours years later?
Do you crave the company of like-minded mums who will admit motherhood smells not of roses but of dirty nappies?
Well, look no further than the Mums Like Us Club, a weekly group where knackered mums can let rip about kids, husbands and work.
So join our rejection of perfection, and fight for ‘good enough’ parenting. And drink. And lots of cake.
Look forward to seeing you!
Mums Like Us Club Chairwoman
Laura Kemp started writing to get out of doing a real job. A journalist for 15 years, she turned freelance after having a baby because she couldn’t get out of the house, washed and dressed, until lunchtime at the earliest. A columnist and contributor, she regularly writes for national newspapers and magazines, such as the Daily Mail, the Sun and Grazia, and spends too much time on Twitter (@laurajanekemp). Mums Like Us is her first novel, which she hopes will strike a chord with exhausted mums who don’t iron either. Married with a son and a neurotic cat, Laura lives in the provinces, where she goes about her business ignorant of what’s on-trend until it reaches her town, by which time it’s out of fashion.
To find out more visit her website at http://www.laura-kemp.com
Author picture by Huw Evans Agency