Going the indie route means that much of time, I’m forging my own path, which can mean using a figurative scythe to clear the way. I’m blessed with friends who always seem to be able to shine the light on the next step just in time, but sometimes, it can get a little hairy.
For instance, one of my chief jobs right now is to promote myself and my book. Back in the good old days of traditional publishing, a new author would have a whole department of experienced folks at the publishing house to guide her along the way. Today I’m walking a fine line between continually telling people how fabulous my book is without making them sick of hearing about it.
Little things happen that keep me going. I’ll get an email from a friend, a Facebook message from a high school classmate, a voice mail from a homeschooling pal, all telling me that they’re reading my book. I don’t even ask if they like it; right now, it’s enough to know that they’re reading.
There’s part of me that wants to say, “I know, YA. . .I know, love story. . .I know, paranormal. . ” as though I’m trying to excuse all those elements of my book. But guess what? That IS my book. That’s what I wrote, and that’s the story that I wanted to tell. I’m not ashamed of it. It’s not the great American novel, but I am a strong believer in variety. We all need some chocolate with our health food, and I’m proud to provide my readers with some sweet chocolate goodness!
So if you’re reading FEARLESS, or if you read it, remember that your feedback and your comments keep me going. Leave them here, on my Facebook page, or on Twitter . Ask questions. I’d love to hear from you.