I sold books. I traveled. I wrote more books, and sold those to a publisher too. I wasn't making much money, but one of the first things you learn as a published author is there isn't a whole lot of cash in this gig.
Well...this year my publisher closed. All of my books vanished and I was left with a pile of work and an overwhelming urge to run away from it all screaming.
I was hoping to have another publisher pick up my Hart Clan Hybrids, because they were my first books and I love them so much. Unfortunately, I've got an inbox full of "No" from editors that passed on my Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches.
While this means I have a bit more work ahead of me, it also means I have an entire world of opportunity.
Am I nervous about trying this on my own? Yup. Am I probably going to make mistakes? Absolutely.
But am I going to do it anyway? You bet your sweet ass I am.
There will always be challenges before us. One of two things will happen when those challenges are just beyond our reach. We will either rise to the occasion and accomplish those goals, or we will fall on our face and learn a sometimes painful or expensive lesson.
I'm not going to use the word "Fail" here. Because successful people are just the ones who didn't let their failings be final.
Successful people keep going. I'm going to be successful because I'm not done yet.
So I'll tip my glass to you, readers, writers, and friends. I'll take a drink of wine to chase the chills that run down my spine as I get to start over. I hope you'll come along with me as I get to re-publish some stories, re-write books, and craft new ones.
I may sell something to a publisher, I may stick to self-pub, or I may start a YouTube channel. Wherever I forge my path to, I'm going to take new chances and continue my journey.