I actually started writing the book in 2003. At first, it was a bunch of characters brought together by a traumatic event. Then I fleshed it out and used it for Camp Nanowrimo in July 2015. I finished it that month and have been slowly self-editing it for years, adding and removing chapters and characters, struggling to make it the best book it can be. And I think we’re getting close.

I am currently on my fourth draft and am sharing this with you because once I am done editing (with help, so much help), I am going to publish it. This is huge for me because my mom is usually the only one who reads most of the books I write. Luckily for me, my mom is an honest, knowledgeable and very helpful Alpha Reader. She believes in me and isn’t letting me release something that is beneath what she knows I can do. I should also thank the friend who told me that instead of publishing a terrible book anonymously, I should make the book awesome and then publish it as myself.

So far it has been quite an experience, with a whole lot of research and figuring things out. Telling you is my favorite way of keeping myself accountable because I will inevitably run into someone who read this and will ask me about it. Please do. I would love to tell you all about how far I have come. And to find out about you. Do you have any goals you are striving to reach? Have you self-published and have a list of steps I should take? Or avoid? I would love to pick your brain if you do.

I am also starting a newsletter you can subscribe to. I’ll share chapters from the book, let you vote on the different cover designs, and let you into my hustle. It takes a village, so I would love to have you in mine and to hear all about your hustle.

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

-Octavia E. Butler

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