I've often imagined how this moment would feel. Would I squeal like the little girl I am underneath my sarcastic exterior? Would I make jokes about it? Would I plead with everyone to please like me, validate me, love me? Nope. That's not what's happening at all.
Actually, I want to vomit.
I'm nervous, excited, and about ten million emotions I can't even name. This post, this one you're reading right now, is my first official book launch.
Yes, you've read that right. I said I was going to do it, and I did it - I self-published one of my stories on Amazon.
I'm considering it the grand experiment. This is my opportunity to discover what works and what doesn't when it comes to self-publishing for Kindle and to open my writing up to the rest of the world.
And therein lies the terrifying part. This is a blog, where mistakes are accepted, you follow or don't to suit your tastes, and anyone who's been hangin' in there since last May or even just recently, kind of gets my style. Now, I'm opened up to critique - some good, some bad. Some people will like it, and some people won't. I want to be strong enough not to take the negative personally.
But I won't be all maudlin right now. Right now, it's a celebration! Because it's really real. Anyone with $0.99 and the Kindle device or app (they make it for iPhone and iPad, in case you wondered) can buy it. And if you're on Amazon Prime, you can borrow it for free (who knew?!).
Click here or click the book cover above to purchase it from Amazon.
I appreciate any and all honest, NOT mean, feedback. This is the first one. There's plenty for me to learn. If you do buy it, I would LOVE a review on Amazon. If you see something messed up, LET ME KNOW (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I'm a Type A personality who hates to make mistakes...they make me sick to my stomach.
So there you have it. No fireworks. No ticker tape parade. But it's real. And it happened. And I did it - with lots of love and support.