In July 2012 I nervously pressed the KDP 'publish' button and worried about what would happen. Would people like my beloved novel? Would they cry "Ebook Imposter!" and throw hardbacks at my head? Was I ruining any chance of ever getting a traditional book deal?
Six months later and Yours Truly has been in and out of the top 20 charts, is currently number one in both the Humour and Women's Fiction categories and is not long off from selling its 50,000th copy. And my head has not had a single hardback flung at it. Not yet, at least.
It's a scary old thing putting your work out there into the world and then asking people to pay money for it, especially without the endorsement of a traditional publishing team. But I'm so glad I did. Releasing Yours Truly has changed my life. I know it sounds a bit Reality TV Show saying it like that. But it's true.
I've become fully self employed; an ambition of my entire adult life. I've been able to fund a start up company which will launch later this year - something that terrifies me but I suspect will bring a great deal of joy and excitement. I've found a new passion and new friends. My love for books, writing and the publishing industry has grown even stronger. And I've been read. I've been read by quite a lot of people. That feels pretty darn ace, yo.
Yours Truly will be left to its own devices now. It's a brand new year, I'm writing my next book (the first in a series) and preparing the business launch, so won't have the time to actively promote it.
Please forgive me the indulgence of this post, but before the next stage of my career begins it's important for me to say thank you to those who made this one so brilliant.
I'm incredibly lucky to have received the support and encouragement I have. So, thank you to the talented bloggers and reviewers who have given me a spot on their fantastic websites. I KNOW how many requests you guys get and I'm grateful for all of the precious promo space you've given me. Everyone online who retweeted and shared my posts and still wanted to be my friend despite the occasional trumpeting - thank you, thank you, #THANKSFORTHERTS. To those people who took the time to tell me what they thought of the book, recommend it to friends and put a review on Amazon - thank you. To the authors who endorsed me and trusted me with their fan base - I'm so grateful to you. My family and friends, my literary agent and my readers - thank you.
Thank you for making this past six months some of the most exhilarating I've ever experienced.
I was reading my journal (yes, I keep a nerdy journal) from last year and in January it said something like:
"Had weetabix for breakfast. Career flaky. What the fuck am I supposed to do now?"
This experience has made me certain about what I'm supposed to do now. And I cannot bloody wait to get on with it.