Thursday, March 01, 2012

IT'S TAKEN YEARS TO GET TO LAUNCH DAY!

Current Project: LEGACY series
Status: Launch day of the first book!
Posted by: Genie Gabriel



March 1, 2012. Launch day for my LEGACY series. Bet you knew this topic was coming. :)

I've been preparing for this day for years. Plotting, outlining, writing, being frustrated, welcoming aha moments, editing, designing covers--and so many other things that go into preparing books to present to readers. 

I was surprisingly calm on Wednesday, but find my tummy swirling and jumping with excitement today as promotion moves into full swing. 

When I first started writing seriously about twenty years ago, I didn't envision I'd be releasing a series of books, one every other month. It took me fourteen years of learning and revising and learning some more and revising again to sell my first book. 

How did other writers produce three or four books a year, when sometimes I thought I'd never learn to put together the basic pieces of one story. I got point of view sorted out and had a good plot going, then I learned there was motivation and pacing and building tension and conflict and…omigosh! There was even more?!?

Now I realize I'll always be learning. While I'm learning I'll be writing, because shaping words into a story is the best way to understand how the pieces flow together so readers don't see the mechanics. They will simply be swirled into the characters' lives and carried on their emotions and not want the adventure to end. 

Twenty years ago I was struggling to finish one book. Now I'm celebrating launch day of a series. One more step on a constantly evolving journey. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you.

Whether you're a writer or a reader or both, I hope you take the time to celebrate your accomplishments. I've realized how important it is that we acknowledge we are moving forward in a positive direction. If you just want to cherish your accomplishments in your heart, that's cool. However, if you want to share an accomplishment here, I'd love to hear it. 

6 comments:

Meggan McQuaid said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a little like a birthday, isn't it? Happy Launch Day. I hope you have only good things today!

The only writing accomplishment I have so far, and the one that keeps me going when I'm doubting, is that several people who have read a few pages have asked for more. That's a very nice feeling.

Paty Jager said...

Congrats, Genene! What an accomplishment! I'm going to hop around to all your blog visits today.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Thank you, Meggan! Actually, this is better than a birthday, because I'm giving "birth" to an entire town of characters. LOL!

Thank you for your support. As I mentioned in my post, this has been many years in the making and I've taken a lot of side trips--including several into self doubt. But I made my way back to writing. So keep going. One step at a time.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, Paty! Thank you for stopping by! I'll look forward to seeing you at my blog stops. :)

Barbara Cool Lee said...

Congratulations, Genene! It's been a long time coming, and now the "books of your heart" are venturing out into the world for the rest of us to enjoy. :-)

Barb
http://www.BarbaraCoolLee.com

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Thanks, Barb! I'm trying not to be too obnoxious with my excitement, but it's a challenge to contain myself. LOL!