Happy Publishing Anniversary, Kristen!
Today’s brew: Coffee by the fuckton.
Today is my one year anniversary of being a published author.
I remember lying exactly where I am right now, in the middle of my living room, exactly one year ago (I’m writing this on Tuesday the 4th), and looking back at Julie on the couch in absolute horror when Because the Night went live. There was no more guessing, hoping, and dreaming. It was real.
She kept telling me to look at the bear in the boat. Somehow, this picture calmed my ass down.
What a year it’s been.
I could have never predicted what could have happened. It didn’t go smoothly. The first version of Because the Night was not up to my standard. I made the best decisions I could at the time, and I learned from them. Thankfully, I was able to take control of my books back and put them out in a way that I could be proud of.
In June, I separated from my agent and became totally indie. It was a terrifying decision, but it was what was best for me and my books. As the captain of the ship, I made all the decisions. Editing, formatting, design, and marketing. I love it. It’s a full time job, and I work pretty much every day I can from the time I wake up until I can’t see straight anymore. This is a schedule I keep by choice. Yes, I still do makeup, too. Sometimes I’m so tired I’m actually in pain, but I’m never, ever bored.
Because the Night grew to The Night Songs Collection. On the 18th, book four will be released. (It’s on preorder now! It’s a standalone…Christmastime story…on sale until Black Friday…you know, if you’re interested in that sort of thing). I’m about to start book five. I decided to write contemporary, too, but I kept my musicians for that series. Traditional publishing told me that book wasn’t New Adult, well, about that. Secondhand Heart is doing awesome and the second book in The Spotlight Series (This is BREAKING NEWS, kids!), TOO MANY REASONS, is slated for release February 9, 2015. And there was this lion named Leo that wouldn’t leave me alone, so I wrote his story, too. There’s more where that came from.
Next year. I guess this is the time for New Year’s Resolutions. Both of my full length series will have at least one new book. I’m looking at conferences and signings. The scariest part of starting this journey was having no idea where I was going. Now I have a better idea of what’s going to happen and what to expect. I still dream of a blockbuster, and any book could be it.
The two best compliments anyone can give me:
- Tell me after reading a new book “this is your best yet.”
- Read another book! My heart swells when someone buys Night Moves or We Own the Night, because I know I didn’t talk them into that sale, Callie and Tristan did.
Hopefully, the best is yet to come, and we’ll be celebrating many more anniversaries.