It’s been two weeks since I released Book One. My initial goal was that I wanted to sell 50 e-books total: I have now surpassed that! Although I expected to have some readers who were curious about what I've been up to, I didn't expect the warm response from so many others. One of my favorite comments from this past could of weeks has been, "I really liked it and I'm not just saying that to be nice."
Calling myself a "writer" has been hard. I am not classically trained; in fact, to this day I struggle with the difference between "effect" and "affect," "than" and "then," and many more. (I have a Post-It in my office to help me along!) Thank God for my friend/editor Nikki Carter or I'd never have gotten this book out. However, what I may lack in grammar skills, I make up for in creativity and persistence. Once I began typing, I literally could not sleep some nights because I was so excited to sit down and get the scenes out of my head.
I knew I had something special and that I wanted to share it, but that also brought on a lot of anxiety. People in my day-to-day life don't really fully "know" me. They know the polished, filtered version, but they don't see the grittier me. It's scary opening up to an audience on a very deep and personal level and letting people into my mind and heart. Every emotion and line that you read is from me - something I either experienced or thought about. Not too many people can say that they have the opportunity to reveal their true selves to the world. It's amazing but also overwhelming!
That being said, I'm very pleased that I've been welcomed by all of you with open arms. Thank you for being so supportive. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for the warmest of welcomes into the writing world and the next phase of my life.
I received my first book review, I've been nervous and excited to see what they had to say. Check it out here!