Last week, I finally "popped my literary cherry" as my sister says. I released The Light Who Shines on ebook to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. A very exciting day, let me tell you.
A few things have changed since I last wrote. Most obviously, the book cover is now stunning! Thank you so much Ivan Phillips for all the photo work. I'll post more on this later. I've removed "Illustrissima" from the title, as I determined people would have a hard time spelling it and searching for it. And finally, the book took a lot longer to bring to completion then I originally thought. I started my first draft in March and it is now January. I hope to become more efficient over time, but I do work a 40 - 60 hour a week day job in addition to writing. Ahh, such is life!
I have also learned that when you become a new author, people don't automatically swarm your book to buy it. In fact, hardly anyone even notices. While it may be the most exciting day of your life, competing only with the birth of your first born child, it doesn't actually turn into a national holiday. I certainly knew this was the case, but I hadn't felt it to really understand it. Now I have. However, I did get an excellent five star review on Amazon from one fine person who addressed me as Ms. Abernathy and lauded my book's enjoyableness and professionalism. After staring at the title a few moments in puzzlement, I realized he was actually referring to me. I guess I have become a "Ms." (last name) now. Another surprise!
Interesting Note: When I first typed enjoyability, my software program accepted the word. When I typed enjoyableness, it said it was a spelling error. Yet, I find enjoyableness in the dictionary but not enjoyability. It's a shame because enjoyability has so much funnability to it!
- If you like my book, please do a review on Goodreads and on the site you bought it from. And don't forget to share it with your friends.