Well that was faster than I thought it would be.
I reviewed the Paperback Proof yesterday after holding it for a few hours. Everything looked up to my standards. So I hit the approved to print button on Createspace and read through the information. 3-5 business days for your book to go live, yada yada, so I resigned myself to waiting.
I waited 24 hours.
I had a few more questions, being a newbie indie author and not sure how I would know when the paperback copy was available, so I was tooling around the message boards on Createspace, trying to figure this out and just thought, I’ll check and see if my Amazon listing looks different.
Yeah. It was.
There are now two versions live on Amazon. The ebook and the paperback!
I immediately told my super close VIP friends/beta readers and they purchased as a test and all seems aboveboard and working.
So, here I am telling the world that my first ever book is for the first time ever available in paperback on Amazon.com. If you are interested, click here.
Thank you, and goodnight!
This started out as a pretty regular Saturday. I groggily stumbled out of bed at 8:00 am to feed the cat and dog, then went immediately back to bed. Why? Because it’s Saturday. Woke up again at the crack of 10:00 am and microwaved eggs for breakfast, then watched some latin music jam on NPR with husband.
Then it all changed.
Got home after a trip to Target for Starbucks and stuff, and what did I find in my mailbox? Only the most amazing thing ever in Katie history: the paperback proof copy of Lightbringer. Naturally, I tore into the packaging, held the book, and cried. Ten years guys, ten years. That’s how long this has been in the works. It took maybe three years of serious writing and editing to get this book, which is still, as I type, pressed to my heart.
But ten YEARS, talking about the story, formulating the idea in my mind. How does the adventure start, and when it starts, where do we go? What happens? Who are the characters? Why do I even care about them? Ten YEARS of listening to the characters evolve in my head, telling me what they want to say, how they want to say it, demanding that I don’t sensor –Lasher– them.
Now that I have the proof in my hands it’s so real, crazy, surreal, peaceful, EPIC! I want to make a living out of using words to paint you all a picture, but they’ve run dry in this moment. There’s a peaceful stillness in my soul. I did what I said I was going to do ten years ago. “I’m going to write a book.”
Then I bleep-ing did.
The words in my head right now are from Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”
Update: I have been editing away on book 2. Still don’t have a title for it, but that will come with time and maybe stoutness exercises (high five yourself if you got that reference, you deserve it).
Still hoping to publish book 2 in May 2018. I will send out notifications to let you all know. If you aren’t signed up for my new release mailing list yet, click here to join and you will be the first to know when book 2 goes live.
Next Update: I am currently, even as I write, finalizing the trade paperback version of Lightbringer: Legends of Light: Book 1. I will announce on Facebook when it goes live on Amazon. I’ll let you guys know here as well. Really, I’ll plaster the internet with the exciting news of my first book in print. This is crazy exciting!
Last marketing plug of the evening, please remember to leave comments for Lightbringer here if you wouldn’t mind, so that Yasha can get some more visibility on Amazon. If you have read book 1 and loved it, please, we need reviews.
I hope you all are doing well, if you are in the MN/ND area, I hope you are warm and weathering the blowing snow and cold temperatures. I recently fell in love with a new book series, The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Follow the link to the Audible version (I love my Audible), or browse for the ebook or paperback. Definitely worth your time.
I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to David Gaughran, an indie author and fount of knowledge for self publishing. Go follow him everywhere on social media, buy his amazing book Let’s Get Digital. That book changed my life for the better. I listened to it on repeat in the car for weeks. Thank you, Audible. Thank you, David.
On to the next.
I want to thank Martha Olsen, my life coach who told me that it was fear keeping me from publishing. So here we are, vanquishing fear, publishing, and ready to succeed. If you are in the Fargo, ND or Moorhead, MN area, check her out on her website.
Last, but definitely not least, a big thank you to Lyda Morehouse, an author I met at the Minnesota Writing Workshop. Mom and I had fun at the workshop, but pretty much were on cloud nine after I had a one-on-one with Lyda, and she told me she loved my book, and I should get it published. In her words:
“I’m completely and 100% sold.”
I couldn’t believe it, still am pinching myself. Thanks, Lyda.
Check out Lyda’s books here on Amazon, and check out her website.
For those of us who need maps.
Some of these will be re-imagined for the second book. I have my work cut out for me, but I think it’s still cool to have an idea of what the world looks like as you read the first book.