Wake me Up When September Ends

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I don’t know about you, but September was one hell of a month! On any given day, I felt like a champ undefeated in her arena! On any given day, I felt like a chump, who in the world let this girl in here?

Ahh..balance.

Oh, September. You hurt me so bad, but it felt so good.

If you’ve missed any one of the 97,000 facebook posts, tweets, or instas, let me catch you up to speed:

The Dreamer has arrived!

I began the journey of writing it in September 2016, so it’s kind of fun that it wound up hitting the exact one year mark.

People ask me all the time how it’s going and honestly, I don’t know. With a traditional publisher, your guess is as good as mine as far as how many books have sold. I suppose I will find out at the end of the year when they release their quarterly sales report.

However….tap, tap, tap. Is this thing on?  You CAN tell me you’ve read it and loved it (or hated it, but I hope you don’t) by taking a few minutes to leave a review on Amazon & Goodreads!

This time round there has been a little more fanfare, which I don’t mind of course, but oh how I miss my bed.

And my friends.

And outside. Remember outside? I have such fond memories of outside.

September was the Baltimore Book Festival. If you’re a book reader, it’s kind of like a little bit of heaven sprinkled on the sidewalks of the Inner Harbor. For me, it was yet another moment to collect in this surreal little double life of mine. All weekend long, I was hanging out with my heroes. And at least two people out there will appreciate this; …and I had a press pass.

It was all sorts of awesome.

As if I were a glutton for punishment, the crazy schedule continued with my first ever online release party. To celebrate The Dreamer, I along with five other Romance Novelists, invited readers to play games, chat books, and win pretty spiffy prizes.

Now, as the last five minutes before show time were ticking down, I did worry. It doesn’t matter if the party is online or in person, the worry is the same; what if nobody comes? Thankfully, a good number of you are spectacularly fun. We partied until around midnight, two hours past my original ending time.

Again, all sorts of awesome.

Just yesterday I stood at the head of the room and gave my first public speech all by myself! After re-writing said speech no less than five times, I hoped that I could deliver whatever it was that these folks paid to see. The line for signed print books afterward was long, and my heart was full. It seems I was a hit!

My calendar has one more public event just around the corner and then maybe I can breathe a little.

I remember at the Book Fair, another Author asked me what I wrote. I responded by saying that I used to be a writer and then I became a traveling sales person. She put her hand on my shoulder and said—Now honey, ain’t that the truth.

Don’t get my wrong, this is all wildly exciting! But it’s exhausting.

Marketing is a beast.

I am looking forward to the quiet of October. I am looking forward to sitting down and writing something new.

I am looking forward…

 


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