I’m not really in the mood for a clever title…
It’s Labor Day and I feel as though I finally understand the purpose of this day. Hard work pays off.
It’s been a little over four months since I released Hide and Seek Her and everyday I’m a little bit less nervous and a little more excited about the future. I’ve said it in a handful of posts before and I’m sure it gets old, but the hardest thing about being a human is exposing yourself for the world to see and willing the people in it to build you up or pick you apart. Artists, musicians, writers, chefs, anyone who creates anything is up for review and that can be good and bad. I used to think that reviews would build my platform or shatter my hopes of being a writer, but then I realized I’m not writing for reviews, I’m writing for me. I’m writing because I have stories to tell and characters to meet. I still care about reviews, I still read them and analyze them maybe more than I should,but I don’t “need” them. God, if that sounds rude that is not what I am aiming for.
When I published the book, I did it because I wanted to share my story with people and I had good friends behind me telling me to do it. I did it because I had fifteen word documents with snippets of other stories on my computer and I didn’t really know what else to do. I remember thinking that if one person liked my story, then I considered that success. If one person told me that it meant something to them, then I wasn’t crazy and I would have someone to talk to about my characters, other than just myself. Now that I know people like it, now that the scariness has worn off and the nervousness has settled, now I’m ready to talk about it and not turn into a ball of weirdness. I’m ready to answer questions about scenes and characters, I’m ready to share parts of book two, I’m ready to talk about other projects I’m working on. I’m ready to ride this river.
Heart and soul, blood and tears-I’m going all in.
So here’s what we’ve got coming up.
Book two will be published completely independently and there’s a lot of work but I think I’m more excited about it because of this.
I’m working with a lovely human who is designing book two’s cover as well as designing my logo. I feel unworthy of her designs as she does such an amazing job, but I cannot wait to see her finished product. Cover real is slated for sometime in November, I’ll know more dates when things get closer.
I have a formatter and she will be combining everything into a nice neat package and have things ready to go for the Kindle Ebook by the end of November. After much discussion, I’ve decided to publish it exclusively through Kindle for Ebook readers, at least in the beginning. It will be available in print and in digital format for Kindle.
I’m going to be doing a giveaway when things get closer. The giveaway will include some goodies and signed books, and whatever else I can think to throw into a box. There will also be some type of an event for locals to obtain copies of the book before it’s released; details to follow soon.
I want to let the experience of book two sink in a bit before I go ahead and release book three. I need a little time to unwind and break away from these characters momentarily. There’s a lot of emotions that I went through when I tied up loose ends in book two and after I finished, I needed some time away from the characters. I am by no means tired of this story, but for six – nearly seven years, we’ve grown together and now I need a little time apart. Book three will come at some point in 2016…I just don’t know when. And it will be the end of an era for me so it will be a little bittersweet.
I can’t wait to share some other projects with people other than myself. Right now, I’m head over heels in love with Every Pane of Glass. It’s a deep story about internal conflicts and how some situations evolve and shatter us over time. It’s entirely different than the H.A.S.H. series. It’s a standalone and it’s different than anything I’ve even ever read. I’m proud of it already. I also have a very creepy and odd tale I’m working on. I can’t even really tell you the plot because I’m not quite sure what it is yet. It’s edgy and dark like certain aspects of the H.A.S.H. series but it’s much creepier than anything I’ve ever worked on. Probably because I’ve been reading a lot of Stephen King again.
If you haven’t noticed, this website is getting revamped. I’m adding many more tabs and features and trying to resonate more what I am about. The website that was created for me is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not really me. So I’m focusing more on who I really am instead of who people perceive me to be, if that makes any sense. I want to be the same girl that I was before people knew I wrote a book, and I AM that same person. I still love Tom Petty and hot dogs. I still spend too much time obsessing over Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and conspiracy theories. I still shut the world off so that I can watch The Walking Dead in peace, and I still try to unsuccessfully walk my cats on leashes. I still work at a dental office and learn something new about teeth every single day, and I still don’t floss as much as I should. But besides all of those things that I am, I still want to be a writer, every-single-day. I invest most of my free time telling stories or working towards revamping old ones. I just want people to like my tales, I just want to unlock parts of their minds. That’s all I’ve ever wanted out of life.
So yeah…this blog kind of went several different ways, and in my rambling I forgot to mention a few things. My Facebook page for book one will be changing to an author page because there’s going to be a lot of things that will be posted that have to do with book two as well as other projects that will be released. If you don’t like that, remember you can click “unlike” at any time.
I think I’ve touched based on just about everything there is to touch base on. I’m really excited about the next two months…I can’t wait to share it all with you.