As most of you saw on my Facebook page, yesterday marked my fourth anniversary of self-publishing Bridget’s Journey on Amazon and CreateSpace.
Wow. It really seems like yesterday I was editing this book with a friend of Mom’s in her kitchen, pestering Sandrine to finish painting the cover and crying over how difficult it was to get the formatting just right. It seems like yesterday that I held this book in my hands for the first time. It seems like yesterday that friends and family overwhelmed me with their support and encouragement. For once, I believed in myself as much as they believed in me.
Now, four years later, I’ve sold probably about 40 (or 50? I’m not good with numbers) of paperbacks, countless Kindle editions and I even published a second novel. Four years later, my books are still up on Amazon for anyone (friend or stranger) to pick up and read the words that I wrote. Four years later, my books are in my church and public libraries. Four years later and I’ve written three and a half more novels. Four years later and I still love to write.
Before I give you some exciting news, I want to say this to all my fellow writers near and far and anyone who has a dream, little or big: Do it. Whatever your passion, even if it seems unattainable or impossible, try anyway. Don’t fear failure. Some people will discourage you by saying your dream is not realistic or they’ll give negative criticism over your hard, hard work. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’ve failed before you’ve even tried. Don’t give up. Some of your dreams or certain aspects of your dream won’t be realized, but some will. Do you really want to risk missing out on what could end up succeeding beyond your expectations and giving you so much unimaginable joy? Take it from someone who knows. To quote a new favorite:
Here’s to the fools who dream, crazy as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache. Here’s to the mess we make. -Mia from La La Land
To celebrate Bridget’s Journey‘s anniversary, the Kindle edition is FREE today until Friday, October 20. Get your copy now and tell your friends!
To whet your appetite, here are some quotes from the book:
“I know one thing for sure, dear, Prince Edward Island is not like Boston.” -Aunt Elise
“It will always hard widout maman, but have go forward still.” -Grandfather
“You can’t go back, Bridget. You can never relive the past. I guess what I’m trying to say is…people change.” -Miss Julia