Cover Reveal & Release Date!
I am only days away from submitting my baby, my very beloved work to the final editor. It has been almost a year since I wrote the words the end, on the pages of my first manuscript. It was called Goodbye My Loves. When I finally typed those final words, my heart leaped with joy. Little did I know the hard part was just beginning and another year would pass before I would ever see my manuscript in print.
I have my deadline, September 15th. It is looming over my head but in an exciting way. I had written a manuscript, only to realize I was still very much a novice. But still had hopes for my project. I attended a authors conference in January and listened, and listened even more to all the wealth of knowledge I came in contact with. It was there I realized I needed to shelve it, it was missing something and in all honesty it was my first novel… probably not the best work.
I let four months pass, stopped writing all together until I knew I found what was missing. In April I began writing it all over again and I mean I wrote the entire thing again not using any of the old work. This time however I wrote not just one manuscript but also two.
Over the past five and a half months I have written two manuscripts. For the past three months I have been challenged by my editor, scolded really and pushed hard. I have listened to the beta readers who read my manuscripts and have taken all the criticism and comments to heart. Over the past month I have spent hours upon hours re-writing and editing and now I am only days away to sending it to the last stop. The final edit, line-by-line and proof read. When that is finished it will be formatted to kindle and paperback.
Today I have been thinking a lot about this journey or writing a novel. It is not an easy task. It has been probably the most challenging things I have ever done. But it has also been the most rewarding things I have ever done. I also understand that I could fall flat on my ass once the books are released. But isn’t that the beauty of life? In order to achieve your dreams one must actually commit to trying to achieve them.
All in all I am excited. Whether I fail or succeed this was one of my dreams, one of my bucket list items. My bucket list said to complete one novel and I have done two. So in that I am thrilled.
I am excited to know that soon my characters will have a voice, they will hopefully come alive to others and touch people the way they have touched me. I know that may sound incredibly silly, but it is true. This process has changed me in so many ways; mostly it has given me a peace that I am grateful for.
Tonight I am proud and excited to say that on February 15thmy first novel:
Farewell My Loves will be available for purchase!
In five weeks my first PR campaign begins and the journey will truly begin to see whether or not I fail or succeed. But I am ready for whatever may come, because I want to live my life with no regrets.