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I wrote a book.
I wrote a book?
I wrote a book!
On June 13th, I pressed the “publish” button on my self-pubbed historical novella PEARL. So now, three weeks later, I can say “I wrote a book,” but more importantly, “I wrote and published a book.”
Since then, I’ve been getting back into the sagging middle of my Victorian/contemporary novel while also wrapping my head around the publicity and marketing side of having your book out by ear:
- I played with my Amazon keywords.
- I’ve had my tight little writing group let me do guest posts and interviews on their blogs. Here, here, and here.
- I’ve joined a historical fiction group on Facebook.
- I joined an author’s group on Goodreads—which seems to consist of people messaging me about their books and if I want to review them, which strikes me as not the right way to market anything.
There’s something really exciting about having something of yours out in the world. There’s also a feeling of puzzlement, of “Oh, yeah, I wrote that, didn’t I?”
It’s a learning process and an experiment. If anything, I’m feeling insecure about the next project. Will I ever write something as good as Pearl? If I do, hopefully it won’t take as long to get there!