First I wanted to thank Jo-Ann for letting me visit her blog. This lady is a talented author and the kind of supporter we all need as a friend. She and I met in the RWA group we both belong to and have been critique partners, convention sisters and brainstorming buddies ever since.
During this season, it’s kind of a nice time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past, isn’t it? I started writing in 2006, published with Wild Rose Press in 2007 and stayed with them until just this year.
After serious contemplation, I requested the rights back for my Vicarage Bench Series. This year, my last two books reverted to me and I moved on with my career as an Indie author. Now, I can’t say enough good things about TWRP, as an E-pub they were the best. It’s just that I knew I could focus on my few books a lot more than they could when they had hundreds. So I decided to step out of the traditional mold and invest in my own future.
I worked hard ( I mean really hard!!) over the last few years, putting every penny I had into turning out professional looking products, paying for the best covers and enjoying the collaboration with some wonderful editors. It’s been a slog some days, it’s true. But there’s never been a day I’ve woken up and thought – oh no! Work!!! Yuck!!
I guess it sounds kinda corny, (God strike me dead if I’m lying – ahhh maybe not dead – just a good bonk on the head) but I love every day and no matter what I’m doing, I know it’s for my future. I never doubted that at any time.
So… last week it finally happened. My book “Loveable Christmas Angel” took off on Amazon during a free promotion and hit #1!!! Holy Macaroni!! You wanna talk excitement. My hip’s still bruised from when I fell over the footstool doing the happy dance. The book has managed to remain high on the ranking once it changed to the paid files and has put me in the top 100 best-selling author’s list. That alone is a dream come true!
I have to admit to getting periodic rushes from this work. Five-star reviews from professionals that you know read a lot of wonderful books but still liked mine. Or fan mail from people who just want you to know that your book brought them joy. Better yet, finishing a book and realizing that it’s GOOD!! Heck if the author cries while writing the story, it’s gotta be a hit. Right??
Well I guess that was proven true with Loveable Christmas Angel. I bawled when I wrote it and every time I edited it. I fell in love with the characters Leilani and Kale, and the angel, Pi, was a real sweetheart. So when the reviews started rolling in after the big giveaway on Amazon, I just knew the readers were telling me, they felt the same way.
Now how great is that?? It’s like Santa Claus and the Loveable Christmas Angel worked together to make my wishes come true. Do you have special wishes this season?
And so my friends… here’s hoping all your wishes come true.
Merry Christmas and the very, VERY best in the coming New Year.