Six months ago today I launched a little novel called Caged into the publishing world. I never expected much. I knew my friends would buy it because they love me, and had all read and loved the book LONG before I ever got the notion to make it public in the first place. I never knew anyone else would buy it.
Now, here I am, six months later, with a bestselling series and a new side-career. I have AMAZING fans who support me entirely, and I’ve made some terrific new friends along the way (Aiden, Dannika, Rebecca, Matt, Jena, Ginny, and Shannon). More opportunities avail themselves to me on a daily basis, and I have a terrific mentor and many colleagues who help keep me on the right path while navigating this uncharted territory. I’m a very lucky girl 🙂
What’s strange in all of this is that ignorance has been my secret weapon. Knowing nothing (or precious little), about the publishing industry has kept me from limiting myself or my goals/dreams. I’ve learned much after the fact that had I known before, I wouldn’t have published. Fear is a tricky bastard. It limits your thoughts, your beliefs, and your aspirations. When you think you can’t, you won’t. I had no idea that most published authors will sell very few books in their lifetimes. I’m proud to be one of the few that has broken that mold and I feel very blessed and thankful to all who have helped make that a reality for me.
I feel like this journey is still in its infancy, and I have much to learn and tons to share. I currently have THREE series in the works simultaneously, and am loving every minute of it. Soon we’ll be able to celebrate all of their birthdays too 🙂
I can’t wait!