The things no one told me

I’ve written a lot in the last ten years, my Google drive is littered with unfinished but promising ideas.  I hope to one day revisit those ideas.  So many times I was discouraged and gave up.  I finally finished something, the product of that being Gray’s Skye, and I am proud of that.  I’m sure if you read it there are a few typos and mistakes but so what.  I’ve seen those things in mainstream books.  I am so grateful I finally told a story.  I think my husband was beginning to think I just claimed to write so I could hoard the good electronics.

It has now been a bit over 3 weeks since I hit publish and there are things I didn’t know.  I didn’t know how addicted I would become to checking kdp, although I’m only checking 2 or 3 times a day now instead of every 10 minutes.  I didn’t know that people I trusted would lie to me “hey I’m going to go buy your book right now” and not realize I could see live stats that said they didn’t.  I didn’t know that I would be devastated by the same thing.  I didn’t write it to be the next big thing.  I wrote it because I wanted to write and I think it’s a good story.  I don’t expect to be a best seller with book #1 but seriously people…be honest.

I probably shouldn’t publish this but I’m going to.  If we have a personal relationship you do not have to read my book or even buy it, just don’t lie.

Week 1

I am so new to all of this.  I put my book up on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble and started emailing blogs asking them to share buy links.  I’m not a best seller that’s for sure but I am incredibly grateful for what I have gotten out there.  Thanks to everyone.  I am still so unsure of what steps to take and what the right thing to do is.  Lucky for me I live in Kentucky and there is a great group of fellow authors here in the state who took me in as one of their own.  I had the great pleasure of joining them for lunch on Saturday and we had a wonderful meal and hours of talk, a lot of which was about cats.  I realized there was a lot going on with my own writing that needs to be worked out.  I will be starting on a novella before I start book 2.  I’ve also pulled my book from Nook and will, for now, go exclusive with Amazon.

A word to the wise, if you ever go to Bardstown, KY be sure to go to the Old Talbot Tavern.

Thank you from an impatient woman

First I should confess that I was so excited to get my book to the formatter that I completely forgot to include an acknowledgements section!  Secondly, I couldn’t wait until Tuesday to publish so I went ahead and uploaded it after the Super Bowl.  I ran a contest on a facebook page and drummed up nearly 200 likes for my author page and I guess the excitement just trickled over and I couldn’t help it.  Now that I’ve confessed that and taken a break from stalking Barnes & Noble to see if it’s gone live there (it hasn’t and might not for a couple more days) I will use my blog as a forum to thank those who I think deserve it.

Firstly, I want to thank my beta readers, Brandy, Taryn, Heidi and Jen.  I appreciate all of the feedback and assistance with getting it corrected.  I’m glad that Lucy no longer has a tea seat.  Those days waiting for you all to read it were the longest days of my life!  I’ve wanted to write a book for so long and I was so worried about what people would think of it and you 4 made it a painless process.

I also want to give a special thank you to Jen, my fearless leader on Just One More Page.  She helped me in ways too numerous to detail.  She helped me with teasers, a cover reveal, emotional support and even let me run a contest on the blog.  I’m lucky to have stumbled across you so long ago.

The rest of the ladies at JOMP for letting me rant and those who have read it, will read it and review it and yes Jennifer I will be delving into book 2 later today.  Rory is a’callin me.

Next I want to thank Laramie Briscoe, another author.  She has been so supportive and put up with me asking questions, right up to hitting the publish button on Amazon last night.  I was in an absolute panic wondering what I was supposed to pick and she was there.  Yes I probably would have muddled through it without her but lucky for me I didn’t have to.  She even introduced me to Seraphina Donavan who made my gorgeous cover for me.  I will definitely pay it forward one day.

There are people I wish I could thank, like my grandparents.  My grandmother might not have read what I wrote but I know she would have been my cheerleader in it all.  I miss that nutty woman every day of my life.  Papaw might have read it because he loved to read but I probably would have discouraged that (it is a romance after all).

My kiddos who put up with me taking over the computer when they just wanted to watch Youtube.  Tough crap, I’m going to do it again since I’m working on book #2.  Come on people, buy my book.  Kiddo #1 needs new shoes…just kidding.  In all honesty, I have some pretty awesome kids and while they don’t really have much to do with my book they have to do with keeping me happy.  Although if I hear middle little’un say that my cover means my book is dirty I might just move into a tiny house out back.

And finally Eric, I know I’m not the most expressive of people, well unless you piss me off and then I’m pretty damn good at sharing that emotion.  However, you’ve always supported everything I do and I thank you for that.  You know I’m not very good with the kissy/huggy emotional stuff and yet you still like me.  I sure hope you know how I feel about you.  I love you.

Thank you again to everyone, I love you all and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

One week

Next Monday night, at around 11 pm, I will sit down at my computer, open KDP and Nook Press and upload my book.  I may sell no copies or I may sell more books in one night than Nora Roberts in her lifetime.  I don’t care either way (this is mostly a lie).  I would love for total strangers to read it and love Gray and Lucy like I do.  I have called myself a writer for years but next Tuesday I will be something I’ve wanted to be since I was a teenager, like last year or something.  I will be a published author.  I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything more

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Cover reveal day!

I am so incredibly excited.  Next week is the actual release.  I will be uploading it next Monday evening.  Today however is the reveal of my cover.  I’ve added it to my facebook profiles and my goodreads page.  So instead of a wordy post today I will just share my gorgeous cover.vanessa cover option 2

What a tease

I have another beautiful teaser, once again made by Jen from Just One More Page.  She has been so generous with her assistance and I don’t know what I would do without her.  Which leads me to make a horrible confession.  I forgot to make an acknowledgements page within my book and therefore, on February 3 after I go live, my blog post will have to suffice as a thank you to all of those I couldn’t do without.  I feel horrible and have already made a note to thank people in the next in the series.

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Music

I listened to a lot of music while writing Gray’s Skye.  Most of the time I just turned on Pandora and let it play on Shuffle.  Music that particularly sticks out to me in the writing process is just about anything Twin Atlantic.  Twin Atlantic are a Scottish band who I absolutely adore.  I found them when I watched a movie called Not Another Happy Ending.  I also listened to Gabrielle Aplin, specifically the song Start of Time.  The song that most inspired me though was So Far Away by Mary Lambert.  The song itself is about a woman separated from her lover by many miles.  I would hear it and nearly come to tears thinking about Gray and Lucy.

I should have done a playlist but that’s not something I thought of.  Maybe for the next book.

Two weeks

My book will be out in two weeks.  Two weeks from now you’ll be able to buy it.  I don’t know how to even express my emotions in relation to this.  I’m terrified…you won’t like it, I won’t be able to do it again, I won’t sell a single copy.  I’m excited…I think this one is pretty self explanatory but I’ve been writing, poetry and short stories, since I was a teenager.  I’ve wanted to write a novel for more than 10 years and finally I have and people are going to have the option and ability to buy it.  I’m feeling grateful, grateful that I have people in my life like Laramie for all her advice and assistance, Jen (with Just One More Page) for her support and friendship and the !awesome! teasers, Seraphina for designing my beautiful cover.  I truly hope one day to be able to pay it forward and take some other new talent under my wing and offer them assistance.  I am looking forward to whatever happens.

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Gearing up

I am gearing up to press publish on KDP for my first novel.  I intend to publish on February 3, 2015.
My book is called Gray’s Skye.  After a devastating divorce Lucy, a young adult novelist, escapes to Scotland to recover. What she finds instead is a gorgeous neighbor who makes her question her future. Gray is a teacher who has lived on Skye his entire life. The two start a friendship but Gray wants more. How can he make her see it is worth giving him a chance?
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