Four weeks until one of the biggest dreams I've ever had comes true.
And I just want to take this opportunity to share some things I've learned...
- Everyone reading this blog post right now is awesome. Seriously. The support I've gotten from friends, family, coworkers... it's all been amazing. But the most surprising thing has been the support I've gotten from friends of friends, moms of friends, total strangers I've connected with through social media. I never would have imagined I'd have so many people rooting for me, and it's been surprising and overwhelming in the best possible way. You guys make me feel like a rock star. I get excited hearing about how excited YOU are to read the book, and I can't
wait to hear what you think when you finally get to.
- The publishing community is awesome. Seriously. My agent, my editor, all of the authors who've read the book or said that they want to, bloggers, avid readers -- EVERYONE. I feel so privileged to be a part of this amazing circle full of all of these amazingly supportive people. I'd heard that it was hard to break into the "cool kids club" once you get a publishing deal, but truly, everyone in the publishing community is a cool kid, and I love talking to each and every one of you. Everyone has been so accepting and welcoming and out-of-their-way supportive... I love you guys, I really do.
- Publishing is so much more than writing. Seriously. It's deadlines (ugh) for first drafts, edits, copyedits, blurbs, etc. It's legal issues and contracts. It's stock-photo black holes and compromising on covers. It's promotion -- SOOOO much promotion (networking, blog posts, social media, events, etc.). It's one hell of a learning curve. To put it plainly, it's a lot of work. A lot of work. You really have to love it. And you have to have the time and discipline for it, because gone are the days when writers could be flighty space cadets who have no concept of time or obligation. Being an author means managing your time and managing it well -- and not completely losing your mind while you're trying really hard to manage it. And for me, personally, all of that hard work has already been more than worth it.
And if you haven't placed your preorder(s) yet, here are some links to do so. :) (Paperbacks will be available within a month or so of each e-book release, but the e-books are cheap sooo... just get both!)
MAYHEM (Mayhem Series #1):
**Kindle --- http://www.amazon.com/Mayhem-Jamie-Shaw-ebook/dp/B00L1AJUKE
**B&N --- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mayhem-jamie-sh…/1119738861…
RIOT (Mayhem Series #2):
**Kindle --- www.amazon.com/Riot-Jamie-Shaw-ebook/dp/B00L1AJUKY
**B&N --- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riot-jamie-shaw/1120303519…
CHAOS (Mayhem Series #3):
**Kindle --- www.amazon.com/Unti-Jamie-Shaw-3-ebook/dp/B00N81I66I
**B&N --- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unti-jamie-shaw…/1120303520…