posted by Aunty Cindy aka Loucinda McGary
September 14th is a day of celebration for me. It's like Christmas, only better!
You see, two years ago today, September 14, 2007 was a life altering day for me. That was the day I received THE CALL! The day I went from an As Yet Unpublished writer to a Soon To Be Published author, and my life has never been quite the same, in the best ways possible.
Has it really only been two years?!?! So much has happened on this exciting journey that sometimes I still have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.
Only two short years ago, I was struggling with the doubt demons and wondering if I would ever see a book of mine on the shelf. Today I am a multi-published author! GAH! I still can't quite believe it.
Yesterday, I celebrated with my second In-Person Launch Party! About thirty-five friends and RWA chapter mates showed up for pizza, cake, and a lot of laughs. Some of them brought as many as ten books for me to sign, citing them as unique holiday gifts for friends and family. Unfortunately, I ran out of my 'autographed copy' stickers for the front covers. Happily, we did not run out of pizza or cake!
Since I waited almost two weeks after my release date this time, many of the people at the party had already read the book. And they were all bubbling over with praise and asking about the next book. Truly music to my ears!
And the most amazing thing of all is that I have FANS! A few weeks ago, I was astounded to learn that a member of my newsletter group lives in South Africa, another lives in Indonesia, and several are in Australia. The idea of people living so very far from my humble little abode in California reading my books never occurred to me two years ago.
I did dream of the day when I might receive an honest-to-goodness fan letter. The experience is even more fantastic than I imagined! Fan mail truly makes everything about writing and publishing worthwhile! Here are excerpts from a couple of pieces of fan mail I received last week:
About The Treasures of Venice --"... What a book! What can I say, I loved it from start to finish. Keirnan and Sam and also Nino and Serafina the story is amazing...
"Truly you have a magical voice. I love it. This book, kept me enthralled... I started it Friday night and finished it Saturday at 9-00pm and although I couldn't put it down because I wanted to get to the end, I didn't want it to finish if that makes sense.
"Thank you for another fantastic adventure, it was awesome."
And about The Wild Sight --"I want to thank you for my trip to Ireland in 'The Wild Sight'. I have always wanted to go. My favorite part is when Rylie accepts that Donovan has the power of sight. When it doesn't frighten her off, I thought here is a stubborn and courageous woman. I'd love to have some of her mojo.
"I have your other book 'The Treasures of Venice' and I can't wait to get started with it... Thank you for your time and creating a beautiful story in an awesome setting."
If I am dreaming, please don't wake me up!
Two years ago, when our lovely editor, Deb called and said those magic words, "I want to buy your Irish book." I knew I was about to begin a wonderful journey, but I didn't realize just how wonderful!
There is nothing more exciting for me than seeing my name on the cover of a book I've written, to walk into a bookstore or library and find my book on the shelf, to receive a piece of fan mail from a reader who enjoyed my story! Two years after receiving THE CALL that changed my life, none of the excitement has faded. I don't think it ever will!
When was the last time something memorable happened to you?
What were you doing two years ago?