I have been writing since I could remember. Sound familiar? My parents would not and go “mhm dear” to every story I would tell. When I was around 5 or 6 years old, I finally asked for a notebook to keep my stories with me.
Now, growing up I was pushed towards college. It was ALWAYS “if you don’t get a degree, you won’t have anything in life.” Well, jokes on them because I went to college and had to quit because of a brain injury in high school. Now, I tried to keep going but my memory just wouldn’t allow it. I’m okay. It hinders me, but I’m pushing through.
If anything, it has pushed me to go for what I really wanted. What I always wanted.
To be a writer. A story teller. A creator. And I did it. Multiple times.
But that wasn’t good enough.
“You have to be published. It’s nothing if you’re not published.”
Oh, my bad. Didn’t know you the struggles when it comes to writing and all the check lists, drafts, querying, etc that comes with it. *Eye roll*
That didn’t stop me though. I put every category as a milestone. Done plotting? Milestone. Chapter X done? Milestone. On the third rough draft? MILESTONE.
These past two years I have really been chasing this dream. With the help of my husband a couple of friends, and an AMAZING writing community on Twitter. (Y’all should definitely follow @OwenGRichardsld, @alexischateau_, @RebeccaRPierce, just to name a few).
I’ve been on a line of doing either traditional publishing or self publishing. I couldn’t choose, so I’m trying both. I’ve been querying for the last year and a half (yes family/friends it DOES take that long for some). I enjoy it. No really. I do. It makes me feel like I am a writer. Like I have my life together and am in the road to my forever dream.
And while I was doing and still am doing that, I tried self publishing. I have researched KDP and Ingram spark. BOTH are good and are easy to manage (as long as you know what to do. I’ll admit I had issues, which is why I’ll forever love the writing community for all of it’s help.) After a couple of months I chose KDP for my poetry collection.
I have officially published something I have written. Something I have out my heart and soul into. I have a finger on the door I thought would never be open. Sure, it’s self published, but that is okay. Lots of amazing books by great writers have been.
I’m accomplished. I’m over the moon. I have reached a milestone and no one is taking that from me.
Write on, yall.
Here is my poem collection if anyone is interested in it. Paper back coming soon.
A Soul’s Hope: Within My Mind https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MXRXZGH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_UgKrCbWP03X50