In September 2002, my son said these magic words “you should start a blog. I’ll set it up for you.” When I say “magic” I’m not exaggerating. I was a writer before 2002. I had even published a handful of poetry, short stories and book reviews in small literary magazines. But I was a novelist at heart, and that part of my writing career was going exactly nowhere.
Then came the blog. From the first day, I felt published in a way that was different. I wasn’t a published novelist yet, but I felt so close to that reality. It felt right around the corner. And blogging daily about my writing journey, about the novel I was working on at the moment and my attempts to find an agent or a publisher, kept that feeling front and center. I knew it would happen.
Lots of good things began happening almost immediately. I got a staff position at a prominent book review magazine, then another even better paying one. I wrote features too for print magazines and got paid. I blogged for free because I loved it, but being paid for my words in national print media validated me in a rock solid way. It was all part of a learning curve that would take me to the ultimate destination. I got the agent. I got the publishing contract. Along the way I blogged about it all.
Now as my 10th book is about to be published later this year, I know I owe it all to those fateful words my son spoke to me that long ago day. Blogging kept my eye on the prize and gave me the feeling of already being there. I can only look back with gratitude and thanks. As a thank you to my readers, I offer this special gift to one commenter.
I usually give away books on my blog anniversary, but this year I decided to go outside the box (which is where this cuff bracelet belongs, on your arm or the arm of your best girl). And you can still get free books because this magical year 13 is seeing a new milestone: AmazonEncore is re-releasing my Kindle bestseller Blue Heaven on September 15, next Tuesday!
To celebrate, I’ve joined a Facebook launch party with other AmazonEncore authors. All you have to do to win one of my books is show up between 6-6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, when I will be hosting my half hour with chat and prizes. In my half hour I’ll be giving away several copies of the newly re-released Blue Heaven to commenters on the Encore Party Facebook Page which can be found here:
Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466958803630646/
I really hope to see you there or in the comments below so I can share some of this Magical 13th Anniversary deliciousness with you.