I’ve been putting off writing this post, mostly because I’ll probably cry at some point. Want‘s book birthday is finally here, and there are so many people I’m grateful to for their encouragement, expertise, critiques and enthusiasm.
Most are found on the “Acknowledgments” page of the book, but there are countless others who have “liked” and “followed” and hosted, written reviews, sent kind messages, commented and clicked. It’s truly humbling and honestly, it still feels like this is happening to someone else.
There are three “families” I need to specifically mention.
- The first is the indie author/publisher family of which I’ve become a part. Many of them are fellow Inkspell authors, but not all. A number are friends of friends who’ve welcomed me into their community, and for that I am so very grateful. You are amazing writers with hearts of gold (and wicked tongues–I love that!).
- Book bloggers are the second group to whom I’m indebted. Many I knew through my work with Novel Novice, but others took a chance on an unknown writer. Your love of books and sharing them with like-minded readers is the most beautiful calling.
- The final family I need to mention is my critique group. When I was writing Want, there were only three besides me: Carrie Cox, Lee Ann Ward and Joyce Scarbrough, who also did the majority of the heavy-duty editing. She helped me hammer out my thoughts, untangle plot knots and guided me to a perfect ending. (She’s also a dominatrix of commas.)
Although he wasn’t an established member of our group yet, there’s one other person I have mention because he’s been so instrumental in Want‘s success–my ninja publicist and fellow author Israel Parker. (Sorry, cat’s out of the bag.) I’m grateful for the tips and tricks he’s shared, as well as the supportive/hilarious/vulgar texts at random hours. Unfortunately, Want‘s pub day also coincides with Israel’s move to another state, where he’ll spend three years serving in the Coast Guard.
It’s made this day bittersweet.
BUT, you’re only a debut author once, so I plan to enjoy it and thanks to all of you, I will. 🙂
Tracey Joseph said:
Happy release day. 😀
Thanks so much! ❤
It’s been a blast to be in the group with you! All the best with the release. Don’t forget to assume the position when things get stressful. 😉
And way to work dominatrix into a post!
Hah! We should take a picture of “the position” so people don’t get the wrong idea, lol!
I will do so at the party. Though I think it would be more fun to let people guess…
Cherie Reich (@bookworm0753) said:
Happy Book Birthday!
Thank you, Cherie, and thanks for your review 🙂
Joyce Scarbrough said:
Enjoy the kickoff to your success, Steph! You deserve it. I’m off to the printers now to add “Dominatrix of Commas” to my business cards underneath “Masked Grammarian.” 😉
Make sure you tell Tony that one! 😉
Martha Jayne Thompson said:
So proud of you, Stephanie. This is such an exciting time in your life. Enjoy.
Thanks, Mom. ❤
Rebecca Hart said:
Sooooo excited for you!! Happy Release Day, Steph!
Thanks, Becca! ❤ ❤ ❤ It's your turn next!
Yay! The day is here!!! Happy release day, Steph! So happy for you! It’s such a great book!
Thanks, Lisa! I still giggle every time I see your review. 🙂 ❤
Claire Gillian said:
Congrats, Ms. L and Happy birthday to Juli, Isaac, and Dave and all the other cast of characters. I saw your book on the Home page of All Romance ebooks. Wasn’t expecting to see it there but was pleasantly surprised. Here’s to many sales!
I knew it was available there, but I didn’t realize it was on the home page! How cool! (Looking at the other covers, Dave would giggle at the company he keeps!)
Claire Gillian said:
Yes indeedy. That’s a bit why it was so shocking. LOL Be sure to take a screen shot. At least you’re not next to F-ist-ing @ L’ady (broken up to keep the Google snitch at bay but you get my drift, though I’ve never actually read said comparator book). eek!! I did of my second one. Didn’t know my first one was there until a week after release.
OMG, Claire! I can’t stop laughing. My 6-yr-old son just asked me why I was laughing so hard and I was like, “I SO can’t tell you!”
Hmm, I’m not seeing it …
Delores Jordan said:
Stephanie, this is YOUR big day and enjoy every moment of it!!! I think you’ve written a NY Times best seller!