Like seriously, whew.....
Dear beautiful readers,
One year ago, as of June 15th, is the day that I took the virtual plunge and published.
Now with 9 books (9!!!!!!) under my belt and at least 3 more planned for the year, I'm am gobsmacked and flabbergasted and most importantly, humbled, by the events of this year in my life.
I would never have believed this past year to be real if I had dreamed it. I was so scared of the outcome of publishing that I hadn't even told anyone in my family or any of our friends that I had even written a book, let alone published one. They were shocked to say the least when the news was delivered. Mostly it was, "Why didn't you tell us!"
Well, I had a serious case of 'Shy-guy' going on. An extreme case of 'Holy crap, can I really do this?' happening. An 'If I fail at this, I wish I had used a pen name' thing going on. You get my drift :)
But now, after all the absolutely fabulous readers and authors I've met online, and some in person, (my Plumes, Jenn, Gloria, Autumn, Amanda) I am so incredibly happy that I made the publishing leap.
Would I do it all over again, even the sucky learn-as-you-go stuff that really, really sucked and stung? Would I read every review, bad and good, and open every email and spend every hour and late night up and away from my family all over again to make this work?
I love you guys.
I know people say that all the time and it loses its luster, but I. Really. Love. You. Guys. All of you! If I could meet you all I'd give you some bear hug action. Even the ones who don't like your book, you should thank them for the time they took to give you a chance. Not everyone will like your book, it's not personal. Everyone has books they love that others couldn't stand. There are people out there who don't like candy corn or Ryan Reynolds! I just can't fathom that, but it's a sad truth. And there are people who don't like your book. That's totally all right, but the ones who do sooooooo make up for it.
I appreciate you and all the little notes, comments, tweets and emails mean SO much. I try to get to them all, but if I don't it's just because I'm so stinking busy writing the next book :) Forgive me.
This publishing thing has been such a blessing to my family and I can't thank you enough for the ones who took a chance on a little no-name from Florida.
I have no plans to stop writing. EVER! I found a job that I love and doesn't feel like work! I think it's a keeper.
From the bottom of my lovey-dovey heart,
You rock my socks off!
Here's a little diddy that I send to you!