Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dreams Become Reality

The release of Fighting For Freedom was a big moment for me; somehow, it felt more real than any of my other books. It felt more meaningful, more exciting. Maybe because it was like a confirmation for me - like I'm really in this for the long haul. Like I can keep it going.

I mean, lots of people want to write, right? They long to pen that great novel, to be known for thinking up the next new craze? And that would be nice ...

But for me - at least, for the most part - it isn't the ultimate goal. When I wrote my first novel and published it in December of 2012, I did it in complete terror. Not fear of failure really, or fear of rejection by the public, but what paralyzed me, nauseated me, terrified me, was the possibility that that was all I had.

I remember talking on the phone to friends of mine and asking them, "What if this is all I've got? What if it's only the one book in there, and I can't do any more?" But then Fat Chance came to me, and I wrote it. And then Prescription For Love - and all along, Annie and Malik (from To Love A Selkie) wouldn't let me go. So I took them up again, expanded their story, ended up with Selkie.

After that, I released Fighting For Freedom in August, and celebrated a new top-selling month with my books. Now, I have to be clear here and say that I'm writing because I've always wanted to, because I love it ... but let's be honest with each other too: any writer, every writer, has a secret dream of being able to live on the income from their writing. We dream of being able to live well just like anyone else in any other profession, because we love it enough to want it to be our lifeline.

And just like with any other job, we celebrate the milestones. We jump for joy when we get that first real, non-friend sale. The first really amazing review. Sometimes, even the first really bad one. We celebrate the first check coming in the mail, the first hundred dollars, the first hundred sales. I'm sure I'm not the only one who celebrates when one month is so great that it exceeds all of the others. For me, the new top month was August.

I'm so thankful for the support of my readers, for the people who buy and review my books, for the readers who recommend my books to their friends. I've only been an author for around nine months at this point ... but it's already changed my life and become one of the things I'm most proud of accomplishing.

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