Boo! What’s the Scariest Thing About Your Debut Year?

When the Freshman Fifteens first met online back in the summer of 2013, we modeled ourselves after another small group of YA debut authors: The Fourteenery.

As we are entering the final months of their debut year, we turn to this group of talented and generous authors once again. In honor of Halloween, we’ve asked them to share what they found to be the scariest part of their debut year.


“That moment you totally blank when someone asks you what your book is about. Or, alternately, what your book is called. — Katie Cotugno, author of  HOW TO LOVE, Balzer + Bray, October 1, 2013


“Bookscan numbers.” — Livia Blackburne, author of MIDNIGHT THIEF, Disney-Hyperion, July 8, 2014


“The feeling that this is IT. This is what you’ve been working toward for years, and this is what’s going to determine the rest of your career. Bad sales or reviews will mean it’s all been for nothing: that all the writing you’ve done was a waste, people will look down on you, and your career is dead in the water. The good news: there is life after the debut. (And life after bad sales and life after bad reviews.) The bad news: from what I can tell, authors feel this way about every book they publish. Oops?” — Corinne Duyvis, author of OTHERBOUND, Amulet Books, June 17, 2014


“The abyss you find yourself staring into when your book is launched into the real world for that first time. Will people like it? Will people even read it? Will people even *notice* it? And you don’t even know if you want them to! The unknown is TERRIFYING.” — Robin Talley, author of LIVES WE TELL OURSELVES, Harlequin Teen, September 30, 2014

As a writer, debut or not, what scares you? How do you handle the fears?

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