Just in case you didn’t hear me shouting it from the rooftops . . . I sold my first book! Lori Wilde’s Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing will publish SOUTHERN COMFORT sometime in the near future (and you know I’ll let you know when!)
Even after having days to process the amazing moment of getting the call (described in detail on my blog) I still crack a crazy grin whenever I think about it. But, I quickly realized that I now had some work to do.
And, don’t get me wrong – I love every minute of the “next step” tasks. But, they did make me sit down and seriously reorganize and plan to maximize every opportunity I worked, hoped, and dreamed about.
Obviously, I need to prepare to hunker down and complete my edits when they arrive. Turning in a quality book which will wow my readers is the number one priority. In addition, I need to complete the sequel, SOUTHERN NIGHTS. Second only to making sure SC is the best it can be is the desire to sell the next book . . . and the next . . . and the next. I’m in this for the long haul. This will required me to step up my dedication to my 2k per day word count and keep to my schedule. I work full-time. I’m married and have two small children. I can’t waste a minute of writing time.
In the end it’s all about the writing. Period.
Next, I need to focus on and put into action my marketing plans. I’ve read tons of books on the topic of marketing and branding and my favorite is “We Are Not Alone” by Kristen Lamb. When I first read it, I knew that I wasn’t at the point where I needed to spend the money on getting a website designer and researching marketing tools and giveaways, but now I am.
So, I’ve embarked on that part of the journey. My attorney filed my incorporation papers last week for the creation of “Burning Up The Sheets, LLC” (I’m a lawyer and needed to do this for my peace of mind due to liability concerns) and I’ve chosen a website designer and just need to give him the go-ahead. I’m updating my biography and filling out paperwork for my publisher and setting up an author page on Facebook (stop by and “like” me!)
It’s all good. It’s all fun. It’s exciting and terrifying and the most wonderful thing all at the same time.
So, be careful what you wish for . . . you just might get it. And, I hope you do.