Since everyone’s probably tired of hearing about (and seeing) snow, I’ll make this quick. We had over a foot of snow. That’s crazy for us. We usually get this shadow effect from the mountains around us and don’t get the strong weather. It caught up to us this winter. Wow.
I had a book release this past month, the first in the Earth Legacy series and the first in the fantasy genre for me. It’s been a long time coming, since I grew up reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Brooks, and so many more. I loved disappearing into these rich imagined worlds, so releasing something in this genre is like the culmination of a lifetime of loving these stories.
It’s been an exciting and nerve-wracking time, waiting for reviews to come in and trying to find ways to market. Marketing is tough. It’s hard for me to promote myself. I’m better at promoting others. I’m trying to get better at it, but it’s not easy. And with millions upon millions of books for sale, especially on Amazon, getting noticed isn’t easy.
Even with all the hard work it takes to get a book put out there for sale, I still love what I do. I just typed “The End” on another romance first draft, and I actually felt lost afterwards, like “What do I do now?” I like putting words on a page, fleshing out characters, throwing the proverbial book at them so they come fully into who they should be. I can tear up just thinking about not writing.
So, for the next few weeks, all my efforts will revolve around edits, covers, publishing, and promotion. I will miss the actual writing. Or will I? I have an idea for a short story I hope to offer for free. Maybe it’s time to work on that, just so I get to keep putting words to page…
Anyhow, I mostly wanted to say thank you to anyone who reads books, whether they are mine or someone else’s. You are a huge part of the reason books get published. I am an author, but first and foremost, I’m a book lover. There are very few worlds I don’t want to immerse myself in, and I hope your winter (and coming Spring) are full of those same distractions.
One final note. Dude is more than ready for Spring. He’s getting very, very tired of all the white stuff that’s fallen here this past month. We open the door to let him out and he hisses and growls and goes back to bed. Poor kitty. I keep telling him it won’t last, but I don’t think he believes me. 🙂