Obviously, I decided to try. And for three years, I experienced the satisfaction of creativity, the pain of rejections, the sleepless nights spent editing, the five major revisions based on encouraging advice from agents and acquisitions editors, and eventually, the pure joy of an offer from a small traditional publisher with an excellent reputation.
This started my writing journey, and it's been a wild and exciting ride. My fifth novel released in May, and I have an upcoming release that's part of the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Box Set releasing this fall.
|Love a beautiful orange banner!|
I'm not usually able to discern exactly what happened, but something happened on Thursday night that made my week, or maybe my month! I noticed Silver Lake was wearing a beautiful orange #1 Bestseller banner, and it was #1 in two categories, Ghost Fiction and Ghost Mysteries. It was #3 in Mystery and Suspense Romance.
The book was also selling enough to place me into 5 Amazon Author Rank categories, which only happens when you're in a Top 100 seller in your category. So exciting!
This business can be incredibly painful at times. Bad reviews can cut to the bone, even when you remind yourself that everyone likes different things and there's no pleasing everyone with a story meant to entertain. Time spent holed up in your writing cave is time away from family and friends. Releasing a new book to mediocre sales is depressing.
|Was exciting while it lasted, but|
the universe eventually
(As a postscript, I couldn't believe Silver Lake was ranking above two amazing Stephen King ghost novels, which are masterpieces. Bag of Bones is in my list of favorite ghost stories, you can find that here) (And for another strange connection I have to Mr. King, check out this story: Granny Griffin and the farm in 'Salem's Lot)