I have to admit, I was pretty naive back then. The only thing I knew was that I had a story that I wanted to tell and I was going to tell it. Looking back on that simple idea now, I laugh hysterically. "I'm gonna write a book," I proudly proclaimed to the world.
I will be honest here, I had no idea what I was doing, or how much work I was in for. I enrolled in a few classes at my community college, bought every "how to" book I could find on writing, internet stalked all of my favorite authors to scrounge up any writing tips that they may causally mention, joined a critique, and started my blog.
Like most writers I sacrificed time with friends, family, television, sleep, and even reading. *gasp* I KNOW! READING! In the mean time I found a professional cover designer, editor, proofreader, and formatter. Even though I was self publishing, I wanted to create the best and most professional book in my power.
The journey was full of surprises, some good, some bad, and most of time I was exhausted. But it was all worth it. Through all the hard work and stress I reached my goal and have a real book to hold in my hands with my name on the cover.
I just finished a blog tour, was featured in my local paper, and had a release party in a real book store. People came and everything! I partnered up with my friend, Carolyn Rose, and together we did readings, passed out prizes, signed books and shoved cake and wine down everyone's throat. It was great!
So where does that leave me now? I'm starting all over again and working on book 2, Transcended. It guess you can say I came full circle. All the hard work is starting all over again, and I love every minute of it!
Release party at Cover To Cover Books
|Carolyn Rose reading from, No Substitute For Money|
|photo by Victoria Lindstrom|