Those who are curious, there was a blog on my blog tour that was cancelled recently so I hijacked my guest post I wrote for it and decided to share with you all anyway. XO
This has already started off as one crazy year
let me tell you. I have been diligently writing away continuing Alice’s story
on top of making sure Finding Alice was ready for it’s release day. I chose to
self-publish and when I chose this I did not know exactly what that entailed.
Finding an editor, formatting the final piece for eBook and paperback were the
obvious choices but I had no idea at the time I would be doing book tours, a
book launch, contacting book reviewers to review my book, running contests so
people would know about it, hire a photographer to do my cover and the list
goes on and on. It was terrifying to be completely honest. All I wanted to do
was write and get lost in a world that didn’t exist. My world went askew and
then my first review came in from a beta tester and all of it vanished. They
were sucked into the story and they excitedly told me what they thought while
asking questions. It was so amazing to share that moment with someone and that
is why I will continue to do it. My work means everything to me but I have
found it touches and truly means something to others.
Really what I am saying is
that writing, publishing or self-publishing is hard work. If you love your work
and feel it must be shared people will feel that when they read your work. I’m
currently trying to go speak at my old high school and the other high school’s
in the district. I know that when someone I looked up to or someone who was
doing what I dreamed I could looked at me and said, “you can do this and if you
want it, work for it.” That is exactly what I am doing and if I can give hope
to one young writer or dreamer, well it’s all worth it then isn’t it?