I’ve been working on my debut novel for quite some time. (Only a select few know just how long). I am pleased to announce that my novel, Wild Oats, is nearing its debut into the literary world! **claps hands excitedly** My original plan was to publish under my own publishing company and make it available for purchase online, at events, and a few independent bookstores. However, the saying is true…the best way to make God laugh is to make plans, that is plans of your own without including Him in the process.
When the New Year rolled around and I still hadn’t published, I took a step back and was convicted that my approach was wrong. Therefore, I prayed, fasted, and studied, asking God to lead me in all areas of my life, including with this book that I have worked so diligently over. The last thing I wanted was to put this piece of me out there and have it fail miserably. And for all of January, I was still. I didn’t post on the fan page, didn’t tweet about the book, didn’t even update my blog – a major don’t if you want a popular blog. I was still. I waited. I wanted to be sure I was headed in the right direction. The only book related thing I did was attend the monthly writer’s networking meeting that I’m a member of. But again, for the most part, I was still.
Recently, I was given direction. I admit that I didn’t recognize it at first. It came in pieces. Tweets that caught my attention, emails my Godmother (who is also a writer) would send me, and just a whisper at my spirit to do something that, based on my knowledge of book publishing, didn’t make sense and can be a bit risky. At first, I resisted, thinking “it doesn’t make sense” or “that’s something I can do after I print” or even “that’s not the way it’s supposed to be done”. I tend to be very logical like that. But every time I resisted, that whisper got a little louder until finally I realized it was the direction I had been praying for all last month and even right until today.
Therefore, Wild Oats will be released exclusively as an e-book in March 2011. There will be a print version, but that will come at a later time that hasn’t been determined yet. The book will be available on as many platforms as I can get them on by that date to accommodate the various e-readers available (Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony, etc.) It will also be available for download on your computer, tablet, or Smartphone (Teams BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone). For those of you who still like the feel, look, smell of a real book between your hands, don’t worry. I got you and I understand because I love books, too. When the print version is ready to launch, I will let you know.
However, I need your support. Sign up on the mail list for this blog. Don’t just sign up, check the blog out and leave a comment or several. These are the places you want to be tuned into as the release date nears for the latest information. There will also be giveaways and discounts. Also, help me spread the word. Tweeps, you can retweet my book-related tweets (even the random ones if they’re funny) and use #WW (Writer Wednesday and #FF (Follow Friday) features/hashtags. FB Fam, ask the people in your friend list that you know love to read to become a fan. You can do this by going to the fan page and clicking on “Suggest to Friends” on the left side of the page. Read the excerpts and leave a comment on the fan page. This is my appeal. It won’t cost you anything but a little time.
I am so excited, yet at the same time, anxious. This has been a long journey and I’m just getting started!