I have post-publication depression. I put so much effort into growing my book The Way of the Panda, nurturing it into existence and now it’s out, I feel a little lost.

I want to write another book because it is so much fun. The research, the thinking and the writing gives the kind of creative reward that news and features do not. Waiting for reviews to appear – particularly the first few – is quite nauseating, but if they are good (as, thankfully, they have been for TWOTP) then the relief is a great boost. The marketing – the spin-off articles, interviews and talks or lectures – is strangely enjoyable too. It just feels a little like the whole panda ride is already coming to an end.

In order to try to banish my panda blues, I have decided to move on and incubate my next book. The proposal is with my agent right now. I am also working on two other ideas. More soon…

Post-publication depression

2 thoughts on “Post-publication depression

  • 1 December 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I hope you continue to take pride in the book after it's been let out in to the wild.

    As I've said before I heard you talking about it on R4 and knowing I was about to go to China to volunteer at a panda sanctuary, snapped up a copy on pre-order. I loved the background it gave me about this beautiful animal and the Chinese political context as a whole. I'm sure it wouldn't have been half the holiday it had been if I hadn't read the book. I'm forcing other people to read it too so my copy certainly has got a long life out there.

    I can't wait to see what else you come up with 🙂

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