Happy Friday everyone! Casey Wyatt here.
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Last year around this time, I completed my first NaNo novel. It clocked in at around 80,000 words. Little did I know then, that the book would be sold and slated for publication by January 2012.
If future me got into a time machine, came back and told 2010 me, I know I wouldn’t have believed it. (I’d probably yell at my future self not to mess up the space-time continuum!).
I still kinda of don’t believe it!
There are several reasons, the biggest is that I’ve heard “no thanks” so many times, that when I got a big fat YES, I thought the editor must have made a mistake. And it seemed too good to be true.
I can’t blame my little buddy the Doubt Monster for that reaction. Disbelief is vintage me. When I made the decision to sell the book to Soul Mate Publishing (after I did my research and some soul-searching), in the end, I still kept the sale a secret for several weeks.
Why didn’t I shout it from the roof tops? This is what I’d been working toward. Right?
Because I’m really cautious about good news. Over the years, I’ve developed a bit of a paranoia – that for every piece of good news, bad things will follow. Sadly, this was the case. Two weeks after the offer, my beloved Oreo died (the third pet death in my house in less than a year). “See?” The paranoid side of my brain said, “I was right!“
Last week, I learned my release date. First reaction? You guessed it. Keep it a secret. Then I remembered publishing is a business. I wasn’t doing myself any favors holding back. So last week on my blog, I revealed the date.
So far, lightning hasn’t struck my house (geesh, why did I say that??).
I participated in NaNo this year. Like last year, I walked away with another completed novel. I also finished a book in July (did Suze’s double dog dare). Two books in one year isn’t too shabby. And I will be seeking publication for both of them.
Here’s my promise to you – When I make another sale, I will be sure to share it with you all this time! No more paranoia!
So one month from now, Mystic Ink will be available for purchase. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you!
Bottom line here – Celebrate success! Accept that bad things will happen to you (in life – no escapes unscathed). Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your goals.
Where were you a year ago? Imagine your success – Where would like to be a year from today?