Well, the chaos of the holidays is finally over and the long winter doldrums have finally set in. And here, in upstate New York, they may not end until late April (sigh).
BUT...2013 was an amazing year as well! The book was finished, a successful Kickstarter campaign funded the self publishing, a cover was created, the book was professionally edited, and now it is in people's hands! I can hardly believe it; it is pretty surreal. I've been interviewed, covered in the paper, and had a couple of book signing events. Three schools have welcomed me to read to over 100 students. And I estimate probably around 100 books are out there in people's hands. I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude, but humility at the same time. It is very early in the process, and it is hard to find a healthy balance of hope and realism. I have gotten some really great feedback, but at the same time I know it is probably just a fraction of one percent of authors that really "make it".
That being said, this book is the first of a series, and I am committed to that. So even though I still need to wade through the confusing waters of promoting one's self, I am faced with one big reality in this beginning of 2014...
Time to start a NEW book :-)