One Year Later

One year ago today, I was basking in the thrill of having finally written a novel - a full-length novel that I loved and was proud of, with characters that I loved and related to, and a story line that I ... well, that I loved.

One year ago today, I uploaded a file to Amazon and I clicked publish. I anguished over keywords. I sat back in disappointment when I saw that little KDP alert that basically says, "We know you're really excited and this is a huge step for you, but hey, how 'bout waiting another 8-12 hours before other people can see your work?"

One year ago today, I refreshed my KDP bookshelf like a maniac all day long, waiting for my book's status to switch to "live".

One year ago today, my childhood dream of becoming an author technically came true. But I say technically because there's a lot more to being an author than self-publishing one title.

In the past twelve months, I've taken that first novel down, doubled it, and reintroduced it to the world. I now have five active titles, five novels made up of characters close to my heart and stories so completely personal that even I can't tell you how many times or how many ways they intersect with my real life.

In the past twelve months, I've given countless interviews to various bloggers, I've joined Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and YouTube, among other sites. I've connected with bloggers, readers, reviewers, and other book lovers from all over the world. I've connected with other indie authors, and I've made friendships I think will last far into the future.

One year ago today I clicked publish for the first time, but it was just during these last twelve months that I really became an author. My life has changed in ways I can't even explain. I've gotten to know myself so much better, and I've gained amazing clarity in the aspect of knowing where I want my life to go.

As the new year approaches and a fresh start is in front of all of us, I'd like to thank all of you for coming along on this journey with me - for reading my books, for reviewing them, for sharing them with your friends, and for all of your support in so many different avenues that it would take too long to list them all here.

Thank You.