I published a book. I really did it. I think it hasn't hit me yet. I'm sitting here alone in my room in the middle of the night just posting on social media and blogging about it. But I haven't actually spoken to anyone. No words have escaped my mouth. No celebrating or launching party, just a humble entrance into the book market.
I am truly okay with that. I wrote the series of short stories last year and they were published on Channillo.com. I had an Instagram account set up under the title name. I made promotional material and story teasers with each release of a new story - now called chapters. I used the Writing Notebook page of my website to promote the series as well. I read the stories to my mom who thought they should be made into a movie. She was my biggest fan. "Send it to Hallmark" she would say after each story I read her. That felt great. All of that was last year. It was very exciting.
My life has changed since last year. I now have time and resources to work on my writing. So, I finally edited the chapters and published them. (I am so horrible at keeping secrets so here goes one- I am missing a story. I couldn't find it anywhere. I think in the editing process I blended the gist of it into the next chapter but as the author, I know it's missing. Ahhh... I feel better now.)
It is immediately available to purchase on CreateSpace.com and on Kindle. It will be available on Amazon shortly.
Now I'd like to tell you something else. Kaleidastorm is not my pride and joy as you might think being my first self-published book. It was a learning experience for me. There were things I wanted to do but couldn't, like upload my own pictures. This greatly bothered me. Apparently the pixels of my photos weren't enough to use in the book. I don't know much about that aspect, about photos and pixels, but I will learn for the next book. I wanted to upload a picture of myself for the inside cover, but again, my photos weren't up to par. Yes, I could have asked someone to help me out but I just wanted to get it over with. Bottom line, I used a free image from Create Space for the cover and opted for no author picture. It dissapoints me but the fact that I did all of the work myself is something I am proud of. I hate the editing part. I know for a fact that there are mistakes in the book. But after so many attempts at fixing the grammar and sentence structure I simply just stopped trying to get it perfect. Like the photos, I could have asked others to edit it for me but again, I just wanted to get it over with. It was no longer my passion. Perfection was never my aim. Publishing goal was achieved.
Another thing I'd like to share is that poetry is my latest passion. The minute I approved Kaleidastorm for printing I also started a new project notebook for my next book, a poetry book. I wrote a mission statement and thought about all of the possibilities for THAT book. I had to laugh at my first three entries in my new notebook. I intended to write happy, uplifting poems but all that came out of me was quite the opposite. It seemed my pen had other things to say. So, as I write for my new poetry book, I will let it happen organically. I want to write a nice book you can have around when you need to escape this ugly world. I want to write about the beauty I always see.
I think writing is my therapy. As I write and listen to what comes out, I sometimes scratch my head and wonder what's the purpose. Since I don't know, I just let the words come out. Just as you may be surprised by my poems lately so am I. However, I'm not worried. I know God has a plan and a purpose.
Until next time, if you haven't read or heard my Kaleidastorm stories, now is the time to pick up a copy of the book and dive in. If you know me, if you know where I was last year, you may be able to identify many pieces of reality in Ashley's story including setting.
Thanks for all of your support and for reading my work.