- Wife of the Gods
- Children of the Street
- Murder at Cape Three Points
- Gold of our Fathers
- Death by His Grace
- The Missing American
- Death at the Voyager Hotel
In his satirical article, Timothy Hurley describes a syndrome he calls Post Publication Depression (PPD). I love this kind of tongue-in-cheek “report, ” but in fact Post Publication Depression does exist. I give a small but not over-serious nod to its passing resemblance to Postpartum Depression (i.e. publication is the birth of the author’s “baby, “) which takes the same acronym.
Post Publication Depression sets up like this:
What follows is a feverish period of two to several weeks (the “incubation period,” as Hurley describes it), during which the author may enjoy good reviews, awesome sales, and well-attended appearances. Then, with time (this varies by author), congratulations begin to thin out and it seems the rest of the world has moved on and left the author behind. All that happiness is replaced with letdown, which can vary from mild despondency to wretched gloom. A period of self-doubt and second guessing of oneself may ensue. Post publication exhilaration and depression are both particularly pronounced with first novels.
In his Guide to Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, Jeff Herman writes, “No one directly discusses or recognizes this genuine condition [PPD] because newly published authors are expected to be overjoyed and grateful . . . In reality, people who reach the pinnacle of success in any field of endeavor will often feel an emotional letdown in the wake of their accomplishment . . . Writers are especially prone to wallowing alone, as theirs is a solitary process by design . . .”
What to do about PPD
This advice is not intended to get anyone down. Its purpose is to prevent or at least soften a potential crash landing:
Now, here’s the best part: