2015 was a special year because I finally published my first book, Dissonance, in June. I spent months putting it off–perhaps I was scared to have my story out in the open, or I edited too much. But it finally happened, and I never regretted it! I know it’s a cliche, but leave your comfort zone and dreams do come true.
I haven’t sold tons of copies yet, but I’ve had great readers who were very supportive. Some admitted my book was not to their taste; others gushed about it for weeks after they finished. I’m glad they didn’t pretend to love it. Everyone’s so different, and if Dissonance isn’t someone’s favorite book, one day I might still write something they enjoy.
The most significant change this year was my learning I could do this. I have enough talent to write a good story, and this is only my first novel! It’s exciting to wonder where I’ll be in ten years.
Now I’m almost through with a coherent draft of the second book, Serenade, which I hope to put out in 2016 (but I’ve learned not to set strict dates! I guest blogged for Briana Morgan about why–click here to read it!)
In 2015 I also did my serial, The Autumn Prince. It had a very warm reception–better than I’d expected. I’m blown away by the people waiting for me to release Caspar’s story in novel form. The tale I released on October developed a little fandom and I love everyone who supported it! Thank you!
I completed The Autumn Prince novel and plan to focus on it more when I finish revising Serenade! I posted for She’s Novel about the adventure of serial writing. Read it here!
Finally, In 2015 my short story Starless was accepted for publication in the Crows on Heartstrings anthology. My short story has been waiting for three years to shine. I’ll write a post with more details later, but I’m proud to have made it and cannot wait to hold a copy in my hand!
I learned in 2015 that anything can happen, but in most activities–especially writing–the key is to wait. If you want to do a good job, you shouldn’t rush. It lowers the quality of your writing, and just because you work faster doesn’t mean you’ve gotten more done.
When it comes to writing, only time can create a good story; only time builds a loyal audience and strong friendships.
My hope for 2016 is to build an audience while exercising patience and improving at my craft. I want to guest blog for inspiring people and have more readers for Dissonance. I want to publish another book, and polish The Autumn Prince into a tale many will love.
In 2015 I learned it’s worth the wait.
Thanks to the people who’ve cheered me on this year. I couldn’t do it without you! Happy New Year!