Hello everyone, I hope you are well this Saturday. My week has been great. It’s one week since the release of Autumn Leaves, so I thought I would take this blog to share with you how I’m feeling seeing my novel out in the large and open world.
First of all, a special thank you to all who purchased it, retweeted and shared it, and who liked all my posts and pictures throughout the whole ordeal. Trust me, that is what keeps an independent author going strong. It has been a lot of fun getting the story on line and seeing how much excitment it generated. Again, thank you.
Now that it is out there, I have gotten some good feedback so far. Right now, two copies are in the UK, and one is somewhere in Italy, most likely in the Eternal City. Yes, I have a good friend who purchased it while in Spain, and is currently reading it. It’s very exciting to see my work abroad. It’s also doing well here in the states. It opened very well, and now I’m getting reports of progress. Some readers have already started it, and others are targeting it soon. There have been no reviews yet, but I know they will come when readers complete the book. There is interest on goodreads as well, which is exciting. If you are not on goodreads, you should check it out. The site is a lot of fun, and you can gain access to many books you might never have experienced before. Check it out.
Well, with all this excitment, how am I doing? Like I mentioned before, the wave of joy and elation is strong. I am filled with hope for the novel, and rest well knowing it is finally on the market. I am proud of it and feel honored that I was able to bring the story to life. Like any author, I feel a strong sense of pride in the work. I am, however, always nervous for those who are about to begin the journey with Claire and Ryan. I wonder how they will react to the story, if they will like it, or if they will detest it. I am always nervous I have not adaquately chronicled the journey of one woman into the dark world of domestic abuse. I want so much for the story to help people, that my anxiety arises from the thought of failure. Only time will tell, and when the reviews arrive, then I will know.
Aside from all the internalized sentiments, I am really, really happy to have some free time again! For almost a year, I labored on the story; now, my free time has returned to me. It’s great, because a new project unrelated to my writing career has taken its place, and I need all my free time to accomplish it. Here we go again!
It’s way too early to share any mention of my next project, but suffice to say, the proverbially wheels are turning for my second work. Wish me luck! Oh, and if you feel so inclined, share the novel with your friends and family. Pass the links around if you feel the book is worth reading. I would always appreciate any help I could get.
As always, thanks for reading.