I now have a release date for my book. My book Love Unrealized will be released on Wednesday, September 12. It will be my first book release and I hope there will be many more to come. As it is my first book release, I am getting really excited and almost impatient to finish my book. Now that I have a date, though, I know I will have to get it done by then but the challenge will more be when I finish my book and the date hasn’t come yet. I hope all of you are getting excited to.
Last December, I received inspiration for a book idea and I got really excited for it. I started writing the book almost as soon as I got the idea. However, I was still in college at the time so my progress on the book slowed down because of assignments and everything that comes along with school. There were times when weeks would go by without writing a single sentence. I got a little discouraged because of this but I didn’t let it stop me from continuing the book once the school year was done in April.
The first few weeks after school ended, I didn’t have a job so I had lots of spare time. I used my free time to write and write and write some more. When I finally got a job and was scheduled to start at the end of August, it gave me motivation to try to finish writing the book before I started. I didn’t quite make it but I finished shortly after starting work.
I wanted the book to be good so I decided to email my transcript to a couple of my friends to have them read it and give me feedback. At first I didn’t think about getting it published but I still wanted it to be good. I’m still waiting on them to give me feedback on it but I know that they have other lives and they’re probably busy.
A few weeks ago, one of the bloggers that I follow, who is also a writer, wrote a post about self-publishing. He wrote about this one website that he uses to get his books published and it sparked me to self-publish my books. His blog is cristianmihai.net. I would recommend reading his blog for anyone who is interested in writing.
I am hoping to get my book completely finished by the end of September, regardless of whether my friends give me their feedback or not. I hope I do get their feedback before publishing, though. I will post more about my book in the weeks ahead.
I had entered a short story contest a couple of months ago and on Monday, I received a letter from them saying that I made it into their finalists. I was ecstatic when I read it. Because I made it into their finalists, they will publish my short story in their anthology.
I wrote my short story explicitly for the contest. I thought about entering one of my previous short stories that I have written but there was a word limit to the contest entries and the stories that I thought about entering were too long.
I ended up writing a short story that was a fictionalized account of an event that actually happened. When I was four years old, I got bit by a skunk. I thought this could make a good short story so I decided to write one based on that event. The story is more based on the event than actually retelling it but I did include some things that actually happened, like my grandpa killing the skunk with a pitchfork.
If some of you want to read it, I may post it on my site.
P.S. The winners for the contest are only going to be announced in January.