March 3rd will be the one year anniversary of my first full-length book release. The Wicked City came out almost a year ago! I can’t believe that much time has passed, and it has gone so fast for me. I’m generally happy with how well the book was received. I got a few nice reviews in important places, it won an award, and it sold generally well I think, for a first time author. In my debut year I’ve also published three novellas and my second book came out. All in all, a pretty good year.
I’ve been writing for a long time though, over two decades, and this sudden rush of being ‘discovered’ and having a bunch of stuff published is a long time coming. It’s still very much in the infancy stages too, no matter how many things I got published in my first year–I’ve only got my foot in the door and there’s still a long climb ahead of me to make it into the career I want it to be. That’s okay though, because we all have to start somewhere.
I’m continuing to write and work on new things, including an entirely new series, and I’m working on my goals one brick at a time. Now that writing has a business side for me, I sometimes have to remind myself not to get too caught up in that part and still enjoy the writing. At the end of the day, no matter how many pats on the back you get or how many sales you make, you have to go back to the page and keep doing the work. And after all, that’s where the real joy is.
Thank you to everyone who hangs around here and listens to me ramble. One of the best things I’ve discovered about this aspect of the writing life is the community and friendships you make. 🙂 I’m grateful for all of it!