I am still anxiously waiting to hear what people think of book 3, Empire Rising, but I am thrilled to see that City of Legends already has 5 reviews on Amazon! You guys are totally the best!!
I thought I’d put together a little recap about my book birthday.
The morning started off with a bang. My publisher tweeted about my book release! This is especially exciting because until now, I’ve been an indie author that published everything myself. This is my first traditional book and it was really great to have a team supporting me and my series.
Happy book birthday to #CITYOFLEGENDS by @NormalChey Available now @amazonbooks https://t.co/GTZO3ck6mQ pic.twitter.com/Pc1h0DmJac
— Alloy Entertainment (@alloyent) February 2, 2016
I also got mentioned in tweets by the official Pretty Little Liars (my favorite show!) account and the official Vampire Diaries (one of my favorite book series ever) account. Suffice it to say I was fangirling all day long.
YOU GUYS! My YA superhero series is released today! All three books are now available on Amazon and I am so so so excited about it.
I can’t believe it’s been ten months since I first got that email from my editor at Alloy. That email forever changed my writing career. I went from being a one woman indie publishing operation to a hybrid author with a fantastic team at Alloy Entertainment. My editor saw the potential in my superhero story and helped me polish it up and revamp the entire series. I really hope you guys will love the new versions and also be happy with the conclusion in the final book!
In celebration, I’ve painted my nails to match the cover.
I wondered why the books weren’t selling as well as they always had in the past. I knew that promoting books is a big part of success and I also didn’t bother doing any of that. Why? I don’t know. Apathy? Fear of rejection if I ask a blogger to leave a review? Social awkwardness and a severe hatred of trying to “sell” myself to people? Yeah, it’s probably all of that.
But then I realized that I haven’t published a single thing this year, and it all kind of clicked. I’ve spent all of 2015 doing behind-the-scenes work that I am unable to talk about right now, and because of that, I didn’t get any books published. No books published = total author obscurity.
So that’s why everything is so blah lately.
But that’s okay. This was a behind-the-scenes year. I was able to quit my corporate job to pursue writing full time which was a huge blessing and a challenge all in one. (Turns out sitting at home in your pajamas DOES get old after a while. Who would have thought?) And for the last nine months I’ve been working really hard on a project that I’ll hopefully be able to announce before the year is over. And that project is going to make 2016 totally rock.
Although I am blown away by how fast this year has gone by, I am really looking forward to next year. Expect to see many new books from me and even a web serial that I’ve been planning for a few months!
Looks like 2016 is coming up Milhouse.