That's how long ago I published Branded. To the day.
It was five years ago that I told my husband about this thing called "self-publishing," about an e-reader called a Kindle, about a company called Createspace that you could print your book with.
Five years ago since he told me "why not?"
Because five years and one month ago, I was about ready to give up on BRANDED.
I'd been trying to find an agent who would find me a publisher for five months. I'd recieved around 60+ rejections. Sure, there had been lots of requests to look at it. But in the end, they all had passed. And I was pretty crushed. Because I believed in this project. I'd gotten such good feedback. And I thought it could do something.
So my husband said "why not" and everything changed.
I made a ton of mistakes. I knew nothing about formatting. I didn't have an editor. I had no clue how to market. And I didn't know a single other person who had self-published. This was 2010, before the publishing world changed so dramatically. So boy did I have a lot to learn.
And here we are, five years later. That book that 60+ literary agents rejected has had some 800,000+ downloads, thousands of reviews, and devoted fans. I never saw that coming in 2010 when I was feeling like a failure.
So it's been five years that I've been in this business. I've done well. I'm incredibly blessed and I still marvel every day that I am where I am. There's been times that my head got filled with too much hot air and I've been shot down by a bad review or a dip in income. And I'm grateful for those fiery darts. They keep me humble and remind me that I don't always know what the heck I'm doing. That I am a constant student. That nothing is ever certain.
Thank you all, so much for going on this five year journey for me. You've made all the difference in my life.
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