I'm getting published! I'm getting published! *Yay!* *Happy dance* *balloons and confetti* ... Oh wait... this is actually a lot of work....
Early this month I signed with Feather Dreams Press of Bella Tulip Publishing! *Yay again!* Finally my lifelong goal is here! It is my dream come true, and my book hasn't even released yet. It's everything I wanted since a tinier version of myself wrote her first stories and thought "This is awesome". It is also not easy. Maybe it's just me. Everyday I give myself a list of things to do, everyday the list is longer.
So what can I tell you about publishing that hasn't been said before? I can tell you- I don't know a thing! I thought I knew. I spent the last... however many years of my life, reading blogs, books, and joining groups about writing and publishing. I've sent queries, and got my very own collection of interesting rejections. I put in the time, did the work, and I learned there's so much more to this than I realized.
And I LOVE it!
I wanted this blog to be about my journey through the writing world and that's all it is. I'm keeping it simple. I cannot claim to have any answers for any new writers out there. I am no expert on being an author, or publishing, or marketing so as of now there's not much I can say about that. There's much to be said, though, about working for something, getting everything you wanted, and then some! Even if that means a lot more work and a learning curve that leaves you feeling like a dunce some days. Life is about these moments. The moments where the hard work pays off, just to get more hard work to do. So all of you with goals that seem impossible, keep going. Keep working. You can always make more goals as you go along. Simply getting what you want isn't always what you need or what you thought it would be. But I've learned something as an avid hiker and weightlifter, getting what you work for... that's magic.
For now my goal is to keep learning and keep checking items off of all of my lists. Today's blog post just got checked off, whoop! Even though learning for me means asking a lot of questions and fumbling through my first attempts. I will get there though and when I do you had better believe I will be sharing what I learn if it means helping someone else in my position in the future. So to all of the poor souls I message with questions and cries for help, *cough* Alicia & Rebecca *cough*, I'm sorry! I'm probably going to keep doing it. I'll send you all e-flowers. To all of the sunshine I'll miss being parked in a chair inside, I'm thinking of you and watching you like a creeper from afar. To all of the writers out there dreaming of someday, make today your first day of someday!