It’s been a month since my first book was published through Total-E-Bound. So what have I learned in that amount of time, you may ask. Well a lot actually!!!
First, the excitement of my first publication has not dimmed at all!!! I still find myself telling everyone, looking for reader comments, and just plain basking in it.
Second, it’s a lot more work than you think. Oh you don’t just write a story, submit it, wait (for months) to hear back, sign a contract, and Bam! That’s it. No. No. You have to get your name out there and more importantly your book. I have two myspace pages, a facebook, a website, yahoo group, and that’s all in addition to other groups where you post excerpts, get interviewed, and all the rest. And if you’re not up on your computer skills you better learn fast.
Third, getting notification that your next book has been contracted is a BIG relief and just as exciting! When I found out my second book, which will be released March 2nd, was being published I once again told everyone while doing the happy dance. Then I got the news that my third book, and start of a series, will be out in May 2009, I cried once again. Unable to believe this long awaited dream was happening!
Fourth, it doesn’t get any easier waiting to hear back for your editor about another submission. Yes, I still anxiously wait by the computer hoping for word on my next book. What can I say I’m greedy and want to share my stories with all of you!
Fifth, rejection still hurts. A month after I sent Savage Love, which was released October 27th, 2008, I sent another submission to a different publishing house. I passed the first review and it was sent to another editor, who in return rejected it. Some writers can shrug it off. However I am not one of them. After my day of funk I rolled up my sleeves and got down to finishing the submission I would send out next. Oh I’m not giving up on the rejected one, it still one of my favs, when I get time I’ll review it, change what’s needed, and resend it out!
And finally sixth, I have so much more to learn. This is just the beginning. And I’m loving every minute. And am Thankful to each and every person who takes the time to read my book, email me, or just say "hey that was good."
With Thanksgiving just past the one thing I am grateful for is the opportunity to do what I love! My family supports what I want to do and I know how truly blessed I am.
So I hope every aspiring writer who receives a rejection has the courage to resend his or her submission. I hope every published author is grateful for his or her readers. And every reader finds just what he or she need in the book they buy!
Happy Holidays Everyone!!! May you feel truly blessed!
Letting the WILD out