October 19, 2015: the date I finished my first book. I wrote it, it’s been professionally edited (unlike most of my blog posts!), and a professional designer has finished the covers for both the eBook and the paperback. The files are locked securely away and all that is left is to schedule the release date. I’m considering options, but will likely set it up on Amazon sometime this week for preorder, with a release date in early November.
So what took me so long? I made up my mind a long time ago that I wouldn’t release Committed until it met my personal standards. Having to blend fiction with non-fiction made the task even more difficult. That said, I’m happy with how it turned out, and can’t wait for more people to read it!
Very few people have read Committed yet, but the feedback has been very positive. Here is a cross-section of the comments–mostly from professionals–I’ve received:
“Your character development is great.”
“Your love story played out just like a Nicholas Sparks book, which seems to be your goal.”
“The bullpen sessions were a creative way to introduce so much information about self-publishing.”
“There is nothing I would change about the pace of your novel.”
“There are plenty of people who need to read (this) book.”
“You have a great writing style.”
“You completely rock it with character development.”
When I read customer reviews for other books on Amazon one of the most frequent complaints is that characters were flat and there was no character development. To hear that–at least in the opinion of two readers–I “rock it” with character development made me smile for a week. To hear–unsolicited and unprompted–that the love story played out like a Nicholas Sparks book was more than I could have hoped for.
My hope is there will be writers who will stumble upon Committed and learn a few things that will make their lives easier, the writing better, and careers more successful. My own book would suggest that I should have gone with a straight genre piece (the Nicholas Sparks love story without the writing and self-publishing stuff) from the start. Maybe so. But if my book makes it easier for the next in line, I’ll be happy.