I’ve never been one to really look back on a year as I sit back and welcome the start of a new one, but this year has been a game-changer in every sense of the word and it’s all because I took a chance and hit the publish button after uploading a novel I wrote for my own pleasure almost twenty years ago. I had no idea what to expect and I was absolutely terrified that people wouldn’t hesitate to tell me how bad it was. But to my complete and utter shock, that didn’t happen. So even as the decent reviews and few dollars were rolling in, I started on my second book. That was back in March.
Less than a year later and I have published 11 books and have been through many of the ups and downs that writing has to offer. And I have to say, it has been an incredible experience and the only regret I have is that I didn’t push that button sooner. Yes, there are times when I want to throw in the towel because the self-doubt becomes too much but then I get an email or Facebook post from someone who’s discovered my books and I’m reminded why I did all this.
Am I the best writer in the world? No? Will I ever be? Definitely not. Am I looking to change your life with some amazing prose or unforgettable characters? Hardly. I’ll leave all that to the more capable writers out there.
So why do it at all?
Because writing has changed my life and even saved it in some ways. It gives me a voice I never had and an escape that I didn’t even know I needed. And being able to share that with you guys…well, there simply aren’t any words. So I am just going to say thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and words of encouragement. Thank you for making room for me on your e-readers. Thank you for taking a chance and spending your hard earned dollars on one of my books. I promise that I will always do my best to give you a story that will be worthy of your time and money.
Lastly, a special thanks to a couple of people who have helped me so much in my first year in this business. Rita, thanks for introducing me to an amazing group of authors and for giving each of my books the little bit of extra polish they needed to take them from pretty good to great. Susan, Barbara, Kat & Agnes, Melanie and Ali – thanks for being so willing to share your expertise with me…I’m truly humbled by all the support you have shown me. Chloe, thanks for being a great PA and for bearing with me while I try to figure out all the nuances of the business side of writing!
Finally, to all the readers out there who have contacted me directly to let me know how much they’ve enjoyed my books. I wish there was a way I could thank you all directly. My entire life has been about mediocrity and always feeling like I just wasn’t quite good enough at anything – your support and encouragement have shown me that maybe that just isn’t true and for that I will be forever grateful!
So I want to wish everybody a safe, health and most importantly, happy 2016! And as always, happy reading!