I just had a nightmare that someone somehow read and left a review for Red and the Bomb on The Wicker King’s goodreads page.
They were all like “idek why industry people were so excited about this book. I hated the character Bill and the book was nothing like the description I was given. It was confusing and creepy.”
Like maybe someone had given them a bootleg ARC or something??? So then, I had to log into my old Goodreads account and reply to it like “nothing in your review makes me think you read the right book. Also, the character bill is literally grooming a child, so your dislike of him is a normal reaction. P.S. can you tell me who gave you my unpublished work? because whoooo boy did you not read the right thing. Please edit or remove this review.”
Then in the nightmare I learned that the leak was my mom who forwarded the ARC I gave to her for The Wicker King (cause! She! Asked! And! Is! My! Mama!) to a friend of hers who used to work in publishing at Little Brown. Only, she attached the wrong file to her email. And instead of sending TWT she sent a draft of Red and The Bomb I sent her when I was 19. One of the oldest and least edited version of a book I wrote that wasn’t even publishing quality.
And then another aspect of the nightmare was that I had to call my mom and yell at her about it and I hated having to do that.