It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. A long while since I sat down to focus on something other than one of the hundred stories running around in my head, but I wanted to share upcoming news with you. Not a new release, not a sale, just news. I’m looking forward, heading toward a future that I’ve slowly built, worked at, and now I’d like to share some of it with you.
Exciting things are happening…
Three years ago I decided to publish a book. I’d been writing for so long, but I never thought about putting it out there for the world to see. I never thought of sharing my characters with anyone other than myself, because they were mine. But in December 2015, I finally hit the button that would change everything. It would catapult me into a new life, a new career, and a new world I never knew existed.
I became an indie author. Just that one book sat on Amazon, published, live for the world to see. I was nervous. I was scared. But I was also excited. There’s something about seeing your name on that product page, seeing your words online, that made me want to do it again. I didn’t think, three years later, I’d still be here. I could never imagine the craziness that would take over my life. A good kind of craziness.Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about. – Winston Churchill Click To Tweet
So, after that first book, I did it again, and again, and again. With each new release, my readership grew, my fan base begged for more words, more stories, just more. It got my excited to write more, to give them what they wanted. And with every hero and heroine I created, I honed what was a skill I’d had, and I fell in love with each and every word that poured onto the pages.
And as much as I fell in love with what I was doing, it wasn’t always easy, there were many lessons I learned, many people who came into my life that taught me lessons, some difficult, some painful, some that made me want to quit, but there were those people, my tribe who showed me the love and support that I needed to fight through the darker days and find the light once again.
What is the point of this post? Well, from September 2018, I’ll be a full time author. Yes, I’ll still consult in my old job, but it will be purely on my terms. I will be able to spend my days writing. Doing something I love, rather than working a job I hate. I never thought I’d be able to say this. To be writing full time was a dream. One that was so far in the distance, that it seemed so unlikely to happen. But the hard work, late nights, and countless hours pushing for more, fighting for it, I can finally see it come to realization.
And as much as I want to say I’ve done it alone, I haven’t. My team, my tribe, my ladies that have stuck by me have supported me so much, that I’m finally able to do this.
On top of that, I’ve signed with an agent who will be working on my audio and foreign rights contracts soon. I have worked with some incredible authors who’ve allowed me to lean on them for advice, support, and something that means so much more–friendship. I’ve gotten International Bestselling tags on three of my books, as well as an anthology that I’ve been a part of. And each time I see that tag, I can’t help but be proud of myself for not giving up. I’ve been able to attend two signings so far, and have more lined up for 2019 and 2020. I’m excited for what the future holds and I look forward with happiness.
I really never believed it would be possible. If you’re just starting out, if you feel like this hill is far to high to climb, let me tell you, don’t give up. Keep writing, keep fighting, keep climbing.