3 Ways To Use That Restless Energy The Day Before Your First Book Comes Out


The day you publish your book is special – and so is the day before that.

Tomorrow is a special day. Tomorrow, your book comes out – you will be a published author. People who don’t know you, who have never met you, and who may never meet you, are going to buy your book and enjoy it. That is a special day for any author. Relish that, Binkie.

You did it!
You did it!

Today is special in a different way.


Today is a day of anticipation, of curiosity, of excitement, of mystery. You are brimming with excitement. It’s worth it to take a moment sometime this afternoon or this evening and write down how you feel right now. It doesn’t even have to make sense; it may never be read by another human being except you. But there are two big benefits to doing it.

  1. The first is, you may want to look back on this day of anticipation. At some point in the future it might be fun to see how you were feeling today and remember it. Like a message written to you in the future from you in the past.
  2. The second reason is, it’s a very exciting day so you are feeling that excitement, and you should write it down so that if you ever have a character who is in a position to be really looking forward to something or very much in anticipation of something, you can draw on these words that you write today to flesh out that character. It will seem real to people in a way they won’t be able to describe.

We all just talk and act a little bit differently when we’re excited and it’ll show in the words. Use that. File it away for future reference.

Well, maybe that last one...
Trust me, Future You will appreciate it!

Even if you think it’s silly, do it. It’s a great idea.

Today is kind of a unique experience that non-authors really wouldn’t understand.

So, you know, I do.


Tomorrow’s a big day. Things will be different from tomorrow on. Maybe only a little, but it’ll still be different.

Today’s a big day, too.

So enjoy it. It’s probably been a long time since that strange, happy feeling in your belly prevented you from falling asleep the night before Christmas.

And Christmas is tomorrow.

  1. Yeah, it’s kinda like that, isn’t it? (That’s the third thing, a little taste of childhood joy, shared. You’re welcome.)

Don’t worry that non-authors don’t get it; they’re not in the club.

I didn't even know there WAS a club.
I didn’t even know there WAS a club.

We understand.

See? It’s different already.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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