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How does it feel to be a Self-Published Author?

After years of dreaming, months of planning, writing, editing, collaborating and tears, the day has come and gone. What does it feel like being a self-published author? Has anything changed?

My book, The Haunting of Locker 31 came out on Friday. I’m officially a published author. Friends have already read the book and are asking for a sequel. It’s a weird feeling, knowing that something I have dreamed about for so long has finally happened. It is even weirder because I do feel different. But not the way that you might expect.

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I wasn’t expecting to feel any sort of change. I figured it would be like a birthday. When you were younger, you would get so excited for the special day. Because when you hit that milestone, 13, 16, 21, you would expect to feel different. There would be something that day that would activate inside you. You would feel that age. But that was never the case. You still felt the same. Which always made me a little sad.

But this time, something did change. I started my third novel, a little adventure away from the others. And I have sat down to write it every day this past week, with no excuses. As I am writing it, I know that it is okay that not everything coming out is perfect. There will be time to edit, to review. But I can’t do any of that until I have it done. I found my confidence!

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And I am having fun again with my writing. I feel good while I write and even after. I love this feeling. It reminds me of why I even started.

I know that this first novel will not make me rich, successful and famous. I hope to make enough to recoup what it cost me to make. And maybe a little extra to help me with my second novel.

I also have to continue figuring out the marketing game. Which I feel is a never ending battle for everyone.

But the writing stuff. I finally have that figured out. And it only took me publishing a book to get there.

You can buy The Haunting of Locker 31 on Amazon. If you do, please leave a review, letting me know what you think of it!

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