HOLY SHIT!!!

I will be a newly-first-time published author in only 54 days.

My memoir is almost complete.

There’s no going back now!

 

What I've been staring at lately...the things that will make my story a book!

If you look closely at the picture above, you'll see a very similar example of what the cover of my book will look like!! (You'll have to wait to see which one I chose! Let me know in the comments which one you think I went with!)

The writing is 99.9% done. I have submitted my manuscript to my book designer. She's the one that I’ve also designed the cover with (see my last book update), and I’m just waiting to hear back from her with the layout for the interior of my book! Then I will review it one final time, as will my editor, and it will be off to the printers.

Where has the time gone!?

We are still on track for a May 15, 2019, launch date, which is just under two months away! And just happens to be almost exactly two years to the day since I started writing.

My book is almost ready to publish! The next steps will be figuring out how to sell it, which is slightly weird for me because when I first started writing my book I was doing it only for myself, with no intention of selling it to anyone.

I just wanted to get my story out on paper; to write to my best friend and tell her about all of the things that she has missed since she’s been gone and to recount the tales of our growing up together while I was at it.

Once I absorbed myself into writing, I had a choice to make. I decided to be 100% honest with myself and to tell my story exactly as I remember it. Mid-writing I realized that there are things that I’ve gone through that might help other people.

People that have experienced similar things. Like pregnancy loss, difficult deliveries, any kind of abuse or, most importantly, loss of a loved one. And simply hearing that you’re not alone can make a world of difference. Words have the power to change and the power to inspire. With hope that I can help anyone that might need it, I chose to publish my memoir.

It was around this same time that I decided to quit my job and pursue a career in writing. I’m still not sure what that career will look like, but I know that I am in love with sitting down every day (well, not every day, but at least three days a week when the kids are at day care) and letting the words flow from my fingertips.

I am in love with writing and brainstorming; thinking about my future projects and the things that I have experienced that will help shape my future stories. I feel like I am meant to do this. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Soon-to-be Newly-First-Time Published Author

The Self Publishing Agency posted an inspirational quote that really resonated with me on their Instagram yesterday:

If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.
- Dan Poynter

I love answering the question “what do you do?” now. It feels so good to say that I'm an almost newly-first-time published author. And while I always loved being a paralegal, I didn’t always take pride in my job as a whole. I never want to live another day being under-appreciated or taken advantage of in my work. Now, I only answer to myself. I am my own boss, and we’re figuring things out one step at a time.

I know where you’ll find me!

Doing the opposite of waiting over here,

Anya

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