As of today, I have been a published author for one whole month!
It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve learned a lot. From writing itself, to marketing, to the self-publishing business, I feel like I’ve needed a crash course on about 50 different things.
I’m exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.
I came into this thinking I knew it all. I’d done my research and was brimming with confidence. But you don’t know what you don’t know. Most of what I’ve learned are things that nobody thinks to tell you, or are unique to my situation.
(For example – you can’t buy a kindle ebook if your address is listed as being in Qatar (where I live). It’s caused my friends some headaches, that’s for sure. It’s very sweet of them to want to buy and read my books, but Amazon is making it really hard!)
I do want to thank the people who have supported me so far, friends and strangers alike. I’m so happy with how well the book has been doing and the positive response so far. It means the absolute world to me! This is my life’s dream, so to have people buying and reviewing my books, or even just offering moral support, it’s helped more than you could possibly know.
So, thank you, thank you, thank you…
I still have a lot to learn. I don’t think I’ll ever be done.
I hope that I will always grow as I continue down this path. I want the book that I write at 90 to be the best yet of my career. It is what will make this endeavour so much more rewarding in the end.
But, for now, I am going to celebrate how far I’ve come already. It’s been a huge few months for me. A huge year, really. I still have a lot of work to do before December, but you have to allow yourself the small things. So, well done, me. And here’s to many more to come.
Final factoid: No one buys my books on Thursdays.