Last Call: I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Words from I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells, Pub Crawl’s Book of the Month. Photograph of alley and blood spatter used via Creative Commons.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver recognizes that he has all the traits of a classic sociopath. He prefers dead bodies to live ones and is obsessed with serial killers, but he’d rather not become one. He lives his life by a strict set of self-enforced rules, all designed for his own sake and the safety of others. But when a body arrives at the morgue where his mother works, John knows something is off. Has a real serial killer arrived in his town? For the first time, John is forced to confront a danger greater than himself, a threat he can’t control, before the killer strikes again.

Speaking of fear and things being beyond our control… So much of publishing is completely out of our hands—getting a book deal, sales, reviews/reader reactions, etc. How do you deal with fear when it comes to your writing projects?

Like always, leave your answers below, or share longer responses in a blog post on your own blog, linking back to it via the comments.


4 Responses to Last Call: I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

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  2. KPKnupp Aug 30 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Let’s see, fear with writing projects…… I guess when I fear that it’s turning out horrible or I just can’t get a section I have someone take a look at it. Sometimes they’re fresh eyes on the project or my husband who often listens to me brain storm and helps me figure out what I really want to say. It helps when people tell me what I’m doing wrong and how I could possibly go about fixing it.
    Hope that’s what I was supposed to do. Haha. First time participant!! Woohoo!

  3. thejordache Aug 30 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I’ll chime in to say that whether it’s competing in an auction for a manuscript we love, launching a new book to the sales/marketing team, and sending the book out into the world and seeing how it’s received, editors feel fear, too!

    Also, want to say how much I adore I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. If you haven’t read it, check it out!

  4. Reesha Aug 31 2013 at 2:29 am #

    I often fear that I will put time and energy into a writing project, only to discover that it’s sub-par. I often get blinded by my excitement for a new project that I don’t stop to think about how to make it good and just forge ahead. I guess I deal with this by reminding myself that no writing is ever wasted, even if it gets deleted and no one else reads it. It was practice. It was important. I will not write my next novel the same because of the practice. I will write it better.

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