So, in the next few days, I have to get my book completely ready to publish. Then…I get to press the magic button and become a published author! I am crazy excited, but at the same time…I’m starting to get a little…frazzled. For most of the last few months, I’ve been excited and ready to get the ball rolling. Now…I’m sort of like…”AHHHH! THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!” It’s a heady, wonderful, overwhelming, insane feeling.
I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was in third grade. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a full-time author. I want to tell stories and I want to make people happy by reading them. That’s my life’s work. Yet, there’s that nagging question in the back of my mind, “Will people like them?”
I know that a smidgen of insecurity probably does us all some good–especially given how egotistical humans tend to be–but I’ve got to have faith in my work and believe and trust in the Great Writer Above to handle the rest. For now, I’m researching like a madwoman. Things like marketing, book bloggers who review books in my genre (Fantasy//Science Fiction), successfully utilizing social media to connect with readers, etc.
It is definitely a lot of work being a self-published author–anyone who says otherwise is a nutter. However, I think it is hugely worthwhile profession and I feel privileged that I’ll soon be one! Tentatively, my publication date is August 30th. That might bleed into August 31st depending on how long it takes to upload. That is only TEN days away people (including today). Count ’em. T-E-N. Holy moly.
Yeah, the jitters have definitely started up again. I have an insane amount of work to finish in ten days, but I truly feel it is accomplish-able! I can do it!
Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me and supported me on this journey! I am crazy excited and part of the reason I feel confident in this endeavor is from readers and friends who have told me I could really do this.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, to get back to work, because I’ll be chained to my desk for ten days…