I think every author that puts their work out in the public eye has a deep fear of rejection and ridicule. You are telling the world “I have broad shoulders, I can take it,” but secretly you are terrified that your hard work will be picked apart word by word, chapter by chapter until you have zero confidence in your ability.
It’s like the fear of the first day of school, the first school dance, the first day on a new job. Will I be accepted? Will people like me? Will they be mean or will they accept me for who I am? You are at your most vulnerable. And although you secretly pretend that it doesn’t matter, you can’t help but feel anxious.
And then it happened. I received my first published review by a reader. I was so thrilled! The reader liked my work! That person will probably never know just how much their words meant to me. It made me realize that I may not please everybody but as long as I make somebody happy, then I’ll be just fine.
Following the reader’s review, I received my first “professional” review and it was positive. She didn’t like one of my characters, but she liked the story and said she looked forward to reading the rest of the series. I was elated!
As I put the finishing touches on my final book in the Trouble with Brother’s series, I hold my head up and look forward to more comments and success! I can only learn from what readers think.
My first book signing is this Saturday, October 27th at The Pelican Coffee House in Bucyrus Ohio from 9:30am until 12pm. I am excited, I am nervous, I am terrified that my mother will be the only person to show up! But no matter what, it’s a step in the right direction to getting my name out there.
For those who don’t know, an indie writer puts on a lot of hats. Publisher, editor, social media expert, marketer, literary agent, designer, oh, and let’s not forget, the writer. If I stumble along the way, I hope my readers forgive me. I’ve got a lot to learn in this world, but if I don’t at least try, I’ll never know what is successful and what isn’t.
The Duke’s Mistake is now available for sale! Jack is the wildest one of the group. His mother fears he will never change his wicked ways, and his friends delight in his latest escapade. But during his latest adventure, he inadvertently falls in love. However, given his reputation, the lady who stole his heart doubts his intentions and for the first time in his life, Jack must fight to win a lady.
This series is turning into one of my favorites. Growing up with an older brother, I am well aware of how annoying the creatures can be at times. And yet for all of their short comings, they do mean well.
In other exciting news, I am counting down to my first book signing. Less than two weeks to go. I’m excited to meet new faces, and I’m terrified that my mother and my sister will be the only ones who attend!
Here we go! The Viscount’s Mishap is now available on Amazon, B & N, ibooks, Kobo, Smashwords, for your reading pleasure. This is the first book of the Trouble With Brothers Series, and I even though I am a bit biased, I love this series!
Parker is the handsome, devil may care rake. Kit is the reformed rogue. Jack is the one who terrifies and excites all who encounter him – even his name is a scandal. James is the intriguing one – society knows he’s wild but he fits into their world like a glove. And then there is Trey. The darling of the aristocracy. Society flocks to him as the perfect potential husband for their daughters, the perfect example for their sons to look up to. Yet his friends scoff at his reputation knowing him better than anybody else.
The trouble is that all five of these wild and reckless men have sisters, and they are determined to protect their siblings from any man who comes close to their own reputation at all costs. But in their efforts, they stumble into the very traps they have vowed to avoid.