For over a year, I’ve been reviewing books for Self-Publishing Review. I can’t remember how many I’ve reviewed, but I do know I have learned much from each and every author. I joke now that I shouldn’t have wasted the money on college to chase my dream of becoming a writer. Instead I should have dived head first into reviewing books. Luckily I’ve read many novels from self-published authors who have knocked my socks off. Their writing encouraged me to continue down my own path. Years ago there was a stigma about publishing your own work. It was the last resort for flops. That isn’t the case anymore and many of you via SPR proved this to me. For that I thank you.
Now I would like to announce that after much hemming and hawing about publishing my novel it’s finally out. The back and forth wasn’t about my fear of self-publishing. It was my fear of publishing at all. There’s that nagging voice that keeps telling me I’m wasting my time. People won’t like it. No one will buy it. Just give up, go back to working a nine-to-five job and waste away at a job I hate but at least it pays the bills.
I’ve pushed that voice aside. Trust me I’m not expecting my novel to be a best-seller. And yes, not everyone will like it. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t chase my own dream. Like many of you, I’m putting my novel out there hoping it will find its audience and if I sell a few copies I’ll be thrilled. For me, hitting the publishing button was the most gratifying experience. I did it. I wrote my first novel. Now what can I accomplish?
For those who are interested, here’s the blurb from A Woman Lost:
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Petrie has it all. She’s rich, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. None of this matters to her mom. Les-Bi-An. That’s all her mom sees.
Even though Lizzie insists her mom’s antagonism does not bother her, Lizzie distances herself from her entire family. When her brother, Peter, calls her out of the blue to announce he’s getting married, Lizzie’s entire life changes drastically. Peter’s fiancée wants to bring the lesbian outcast back into the family. Will this desire cause Lizzie to lose everything dear to her?
Sarah, Lizzie’s girlfriend, is ecstatic about this change in Lizzie’s personal life. Sarah, the hopeless romantic, wants it all, including settling down with the fiercely independent Lizzie.
Can Lizzie be tamed? And can she survive her family and all of their secrets?
Thank you for reading and I wish all of you the best of luck with your books!