Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Happy Birthday Meeting Destiny!

That's right!  Five years ago today, Meeting Destiny Published!  Where has the time gone? 

People always ask me if I had always planned to be an author.  The truth is, no.  It was something on my bucket list.  I had always been a vicarious reader, and I was in awe of those who wrote books.  I wondered if I could actually write a novel.

Out of the blue one evening after my boys had gone to bed, I started writing Meeting Destiny.  I had no intention of actually publishing it - I wrote the story just to see if I could actually write a novel.  When it was complete I let a friend read it; she encouraged me to try to get it published.  This is about the time independent publishing was really gaining steam.

After sending out a grand total of two query letters to agents in late 2010, and receiving exactly two nicely-written rejections I began scouring blog posts on "how-to" self publish.  In the beginning I really treated it like a hobby.  Afterall, I had a great day job that I loved (and still do).

According to Smashwords, Meeting Destiny was first published Jun 27, 2010, but I was learning "how to" publish in 2010 - the book itself actually published Aug 31, 2011 on Amazon and all other retail sites five years ago today. 

September 2011 someone sprinkled magic fairy dust on me and a stranger bought Meeting Destiny.  I say a "stranger" because it was the first sale that came from someone I didn't know.  A few days later a review popped up on Goodreads with a friend request from the reader who had read and reviewed Meeting Destiny.  I was BLOWN AWAY!  Charles Young was my very first fan and remains a close friend to this day.  You can find Charles here on his blog:

I think people come into our lives exactly when we need them the most.  Charles encouragement is why I now have ten novels published and not just one.  There were other authors along the way, too.  Shelly Crane, Amy Bartol, Michelle Leighton, Tiffany King, Charlotte Abel, SM Boyce, C Gockle, Christie Rich just to name a few.  All have been and continue to be heroes to me.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me over the last five years.  I hope to keep writing novels that make you read late into the night for many years to come.

All my love,

1 comment:

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