The day prophesied by our elders has arrived.
My debut novella, Broken Resolutions, has been released into the wild. There’s no containing me now! [Cue the maniacal laughter]
Though a substantial, geeky part of me wishes I were joining a tribe of female warriors with bare right breasts, I’m writing to announce something else instead:
The first two books of my Lovestruck Librarian series are now available on Amazon.
<———-SEE? TOTALLY ON AMAZON! WITH COVERS AND EVERYTHING!
And I am incredibly, ridiculously excited about it. Not because I prefer that particular site to the other places my book will be sold, but because I own a Kindle. Which means that, come December 8, I’ll be able to download my own book onto my own e-reader.
Admittedly, this makes my book only one of hundreds on my Kindle. But I can’t wait. Soon, I’ll be able to bookmark or add notes to my own story! Or—best of all—highlight favorite passages! (And by favorite, I obviously mean smuttiest.)
I love seeing that listing on Amazon. I’ve navigated to it dozens of times already. Somehow, looking at my cover there makes my work real in a way that even signing the publication contract didn’t.
Broken Resolutions is my debut book, written before I had an agent or contract. I drafted it in response to a publisher’s open submission call without any expectation of it selling, or of anyone reading it other than my ever-patient critique partner (hi, Mia!) and the poor editor who’d surely (and immediately) reject it. Still, I’d just attended the 2014 Romance Writers of America Conference in San Antonio, where I’d watched Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway discuss the art and advantages of novella-writing. That session inspired me. As did the idea of setting a story in my most recent place of work: the library.
So in late July of last year, I sat down and wrote a novella, with no idea that this particular manuscript would be the key to finding both an agent and a publisher for my work. With no idea that the book would become the first in a series of stories set in the same fictional library system. And, most importantly, with no idea that in the space of a year, I’d be able to witness what I’d written become available to the world.
I’ll be honest. When I see my book available for sale, I kind of feel like a fierce warrior. I feel like I’ve conquered an army, or at least successfully raided the far border of Bookland, surrounded all the while by my loyal, invaluable tribe of friends.
I feel like an Amazon, albeit one with both boobs (generally) covered.
I know there are more battles to come, some of which I may lose. But I’ll always have this first taste of victory to hearten me, no matter what happens in the future.
Tomorrow, I resume my normal life of sitting slumped in front of a computer screen in pajamas. But today…today, I celebrate.*
*NOTE: By celebrate, I mean highlight the smuttiest parts of other people’s books on my Kindle, since that is pretty much my favorite activity in the world.