I'm going to be 33 years old at the end of this summer. Now I've done a lot of things in my life and I'm extremely thankful for all the opportunities I've had, but the one thing I've wanted to do that I haven't yet been able to do is start publishing all the stories in my head. I've been writing since I was about 12 or 13 years old, so this is about 20 years in the making.
I've made mock covers for my stories with my limited Photoshop skills in the past, just to keep me motivated:
But after drafting so many different stories, and saving money for editing and cover design, I think I'm finally ready to step out into the world with the big kids. I thought I would have to keep waiting and waiting, but no more. Today I received my first official book cover. I fell asleep waiting for the designer to contact me saying it was done, then woke up at 4:30 am. Instinctively I checked my phone, and when I saw that notification, I was wide awake! No going back to sleep for me! I stared at the cover for an hour, contemplating how beautiful it was, how different it was from how I expected, but how perfect it was for me and my story.
It's not quite ready to release yet, but I want to remember this feeling. I'll probably have lots of firsts in the publishing world over the next few weeks and months, but I want to remember this day forever.
The Miner's Bride - Coming soon!
Here's hoping for more news soon! Until then, happy reading!
Gossip Girl, er.... Courtney