I have been documenting my journey as I have been going along, creating many different author links to try and increase my exposure out into the world.. I now have an author page on Facebook, an author page on Twitter and by the end of this week my own personal author website will be up and running. I try to come on to each of my social media sites daily to update or share news and to just post whatever comes through this weird little head of mine. It's not always an easy process, trying to find things to write about every day, but I try.
I have also been in the process of working on my next instalment which I hope to have finished by the end of March. My next book will focus on Sherlyn and Stephen, characters from the first book, but with stories of their own.
I have loved writing this one so far, I have learnt a lot from the first book, things not to do and even changing up my writing style. I think with each new book you create you learn something new and the evolution is continuous.
I have had my frustrations along the way, things that have not progressed as easily as I had hoped. Things that I assumed would have been done, but weren't. I guess that is part of the learning process. You cannot always just assume that things will happen and that you need to pay special attention instead of getting caught up in all the excitement.
These are things I will know for next time and will be prepared for.
Has it dampened my excitement of releasing my first novel? No, but I will just be more aware of the whole publishing process next time and will take note of what to look for.
Do I believe the little things like formatting etc will affect my customer reviews? Maybe a little, but I will aim for a better review system next time.
I have been researching alternatives and am more aware of what is out there on offer now.
Am I grateful? Extremely!! Without the work that my publishing company has put into making this a reality for me, I would never have gotten as far as I have today.
As of today, my book is available in paperbook from the Xlibris website and Barnes and Noble (So far) and available in Ebook form on all platforms.
I know that there are lots of people who are writing and have written books for publishing. I am but a small fish in a really big pond trying to find my way. I do hope that I find some success in what I am doing, if not for any other reason than to say I was able to live one of my dreams..... the one of becoming a published author...................