Hate to Love Him releases on Monday. Including the anthology I was part of, this is my 12th time releasing a book, so you'd think I'd be all
But no. Not so much. I feel less...frazzled this time around for sure. I'm more confident with some of the activities associated with a release and not so panicked about interacting online. But in terms of putting this book out into the world...it feels a lot like the first one.
I'm nervous. But mostly, it's a good kind of nervous. It doesn't hurt that some awesome readers and bloggers have been so kind with their reviews and words of encouragement. That is something I didn't have the first time around and the difference is huge. The writing community-- as I've often said, is this beautiful, supportive entity and it's bigger than I ever could have imagined. What I didn't know with my first release, that I do now, is how amazing it is to have a core group of readers-- the people that read your books every time. Before my first book release, my core group included my mom and my best friend. And slowly, it expanded. My self-published story, Forever Christmas, got 5 reviews on Amazon. More than Friends just passed 150. I guess there was something to the tortoise's belief that slow and steady wins the race. Because even though I'm nervous and hopeful, like I was the first time, I am also exceptionally grateful because I know I have a security net-- a group of readers that are actually looking forward to this release like I am. People in my corner, ready to rally when Hate to Love Him hits the virtual shelves. How cool is that?
And so, before all the excitement of Monday and Tuesday descends upon me, I just want to say,
Thank you. So very, very much for helping make my dream of writing and sharing my work come true.