It was a long time coming for marketing reasons, but my publisher finally allowed me to announce the release of my book to my friends, family, and general public.
I knew I was going to have to keep the release secret for months before I turned in the finished manuscript to the publisher. He made sure I knew before I had finished writing the last chapter. I thought that not telling people about it would be easy. It's not the first thing in my life that I haven't announced all over the internet. I spend quite a lot of time not announcing things all over the internet. It's a bigger effort for me to remember to post things
But I was wrong. I was so wrong. It's really hard not to tell people that you care about when you are proud of something you accomplished. Especially when it's something like this, which is literally years in the making. For a long time only the smallest little select group of insiders knew this was coming, and even we couldn’t really talk about it much.
On the evening of the fourteenth, with trembling fingers I pressed the button to post, then told my publisher while my husband raced to be the first person to like it. (Good job honey.) What I didn't expect after all the time I spent waiting for this moment, was how nervous I would be to finally announce it.
Do you know what made it better? I didn't have time to be nervous anymore as a huge wave of support and congratulations washed over me. The likes, shares, comments, and questions poured in so fast I couldn't keep up. I couldn't ask for more than the support of a community as wonderful as all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart.
I have an ongoing interest in dystopian fiction, both reading and writing it. I’m a fan of simple living and draw inspiration for my writing from my love of old-fashioned skills and my small hobby farm.
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My first book is available on Amazon