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: http://charlesbooknook.blogspot.com/
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,