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Today, August 12, 2019, marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of my very first book, I Promise To …. I never imagined, when I pushed the “publish” button way back then, that I’d be able to make a full-time living writing stories. I’m delighted that it’s so. 🙂
I’ve learned a lot in five years. My blurbs are better now than they were then. My processes, from writing to editing to covers, are better. I’ve learned to use grammar checkers and more than one graphic design/photo manipulation software/website. I can remove a background from a picture and combine images into one. I’ve learned the value of spending money on printer ink and paper so I can print my stories out and mark them up for edits. I’ve learned to trust myself more in the writing process.
I’ve met lots of people. Many readers, and a bunch of writers. I’ve had JAFF friends come and go. Only a few have persevered and loved me despite my frequent idiocies and embarrassing words and deeds. I’ve learned something from each and every person I have befriended, and no matter how long we remained friends or how deep the breach when we weren’t any more, I’m a better person for knowing them.
I’ve spread my wings a bit, too. I joined writer’s groups, where I’ve met people who write stuff other than JAFF. These groups have shown me many, many things about the greater world of books. I have it far better than most writers, and far worse than a few. It was in a writer’s group that I learned the importance of genre-appropriate covers and the value of advertising.
I’ve also fallen more in love with Darcy and Elizabeth. They’ve taught me a lot about myself, too. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship we’ve got going on. 😉 LOL
Best of all, in the last five years, I have learned that I do matter, and my books matter. It always surprises me when people say stuff to me, like that they can see my faith in my books and my words and actions online, and that my books lift them up. People reply to my newsletters because they like my books, but they also like me. I love that!
Five years seems like a long time, but I promise you, it’s not the end. I intend to be around a whole lot longer. I might branch out away from Darcy and Elizabeth here and there. I might write in different time periods, like modern times with my race books and the Old West, and I might write books that don’t have ODC in them at all, like Leenie does. But I imagine I’ll always come back to JAFF. JAFF is my roots, in a way. <3
All good celebrations need gifts, so I have decided to give some books away.
Everyone who comments on this blog post will have their name put into a virtual hat (meaning, a randomizer on the internet). I will pull five names, and each of those people will receive a copy of my 8-story e-book called Darcy & Elizabeth: A Pride & Prejudice 8-Book Box Set.
For this giveaway, I have created a mobi file of this book for Kindle, so if that’s your preferred way to read, you can still enter and win.
So, leave me your comments! You have until Friday, August 16th at 11:59 pm Eastern. I’ll do the drawing sometime on Saturday, August 17th.