Tag Archive: #selfpublished


Library Epiphany

When I was young, my mom took us to the library often, and I would always walk to the check-out with a pile of books so high that I had to use my chin to keep from dropping them all. Those stacks were my treasure for the next three weeks as I devoured each one of them. I still can’t bear to leave the library without at least three books, and until I’ve acquired them, I walk among the stacks tapping the spines of my favorites in a silent salute to our adventures together. Today, I was delighted to discover Elissa Blue among their ranks. Having my book placed alongside the prolific James Patterson only made it more surreal. I may have written and published a book, but somehow it’s still a shock to see it residing casually with the other books, looking like it belongs.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

p.s. Even if your library doesn’t yet have a copy of Elissa Blue, in the U.S. you can use interlibrary loan to borrow this one.

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Today is a good day :)

Sometimes discouragement gets the better of you as a writer, but today is a good day. The local book store and arts center requested a picture of my book cover and me to start advertising their Literary Festival/book signing, I have new reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and the delightful Ash the Bookworm just designated Elissa Blue as the most beautiful book cover (https://ashthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/beautiful-book-covers-tag/). ๐Ÿ˜€ This trifecta of good news comes at the perfect time as I’ve been feeling anxious about not having book two finished yet, and even had stress dreams last night about it. I thought summer was going to afford me multiple writing hours a day, but it just hasn’t happened. I need to start sleeping less (3 hours a night is plenty, right?) or invent time travel so I can still publish the second book in December. But I will not worry about that now, because today is a good day.

P.S. Forever thanks to Julie Jentzsch for this amazing cover. Your beautiful art gave me the courage to publish.

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Published! :)

After messing with codes to get my ebook to generate all day yesterday, I finally succeeded in uploading it to Amazon.com. The wait can be as long as 72 hours before it becomes available online, but I couldn’t help checking just one more time before I went to bed at 1:45 a.m. And it was there! I was so unbelievably excited to see my own book in digital print, that sleeping was nigh impossible. I’ve vacillated between panicky chest pains and giddy bouncy excitement the last two days…and very little sleep. So now, I will put my first published baby out there, try to calm down, and finally get some rest. ๐Ÿ™‚

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