Writing a book and making a book, it turns out, are two different things. Before I get into the excuses for why I've been MIA, I'll share what I mean.
This year my blogging turned into an idea for a book. This was the first year I actually sat my butt down in the chair with regularity and wrote, and blogging was a great way to start that routine. This is also the first year that I made an intentional effort to seek out feedback and connect with other writers, both online and (occasionally) in person. "Becoming a writer" by doing all of these things was the first step, really, in writing the book. Makes sense.
But here's what doesn't make sense. I've always edited while I wrote. I'm the writer who makes sure the first sentence is THE sentence before moving on to the rest of the story. Editing, I've always thought, is easier than writing. That was until I tried editing my own book. They say cutting stuff out is the hard part, but I struggled with wanting to cut all of it out. I wanted the book to say something new. To provide something new. More honestly, I wanted to read the book and not feel annoyed with myself and with my voice. Pretty low standards, huh?
But seriously, editing was the hardest part of the whole process because it's when you start to think about your reader and what they are going to find interesting. You're also thinking a whole lot about the people who are going to buy the book and run into you in the grocery story a month from now. About your friends and family. Your words are something you want to be proud of.
Despite my feeling that more editing can always make something better, I'm proud to say I'm proud. This book is something I'm ready to share with you, my writing friends, my colleagues, and my family.
Here it is, available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble (although B&N, I'm told, might take longer to get up and running--I couldn't wait until it was up to share the release with you).
The book shares a bunch of tiny life lessons I've learned in my short 26 years. Because I haven't been here all that long, the book is also short, which you busy people will appreciate.
If you do happen to buy a copy, many thanks. I'm really excited to know what you think! Take a second to shoot me a note or, if you have 2 more minutes, to leave a review on Amazon. Your support is appreciated.
Also feel free to comment below with your own questions about the writing and editing process-- or maybe you even have your own tip or two to share.
Ok, so now for my excuses. I've been MIA because I recently moved and started a new job. Over the past two weeks I also struggled through some very bad vertigo (for the first time ever), and really didn't know what hit me. I'm looking forward to responding to your #BookforaBook inquiries and meetup applications and getting back into the groove.
As always, stay curious!