I woke up this morning and obsessive compulsively checked my blog hits like I do every morning and possibly 25 other times a day, but today was different, because you people rock! I changed from Blogger to WordPress thirty days ago today and over the last 30 days, my new blog has had a little over 2000 hits. And I think it’s amazing. I was on blogger for years. Granted, I wasn’t blogging every day and sharing like I have been recently, but I couldn’t have done it without you guys reading every day and sharing and liking and commenting. It’s kind of overwhelming. I know it’s only 2000 hits and I know that there are blogs that get a million hits a day and maybe one day I will be there, but it just makes me so happy that you guys come back day after day. And when I run into someone and they mention the blog and I didn’t even know they read it, it makes my heart a little happy. It might even make me a little misty eyed. So as a thank you, I’m giving away my first published novel The Nora Tree here until Friday.
The Nora Tree is kind of the written equivalent of a chick flick. It’s got laughs and loves and twists and turns. I admittedly published it a little early. I was just so excited that I wrote a book. I mean not everyone can say that. I wrote it during the National Novel Writing Month Challenge (NaNoWriMo) and when I finished it, I took out the thumb drive it was saved on and threw it in a drawer. A year later, I pulled it out and read it and I was pretty proud of myself. And then I was like, “I wrote a freaking book!” And then I didn’t know what to do with it. What I should have done was hired an editor and then tried to get it published but what I actually did was had a few friends read it for editing and then I self published on Amazon. I’ve definitely given way more copies away than I’ve sold, but I don’t mind. Nobody really buys first books anyway. And I think Stephen King was rejected like 200 times before anyone bought his book. So the whole situation is just one of those, “if I could go back and do it differently, maybe I would” things.
Regret is highly overrated so I try not worry too much about the would have, could have, should haves. Anyway, back to you guys. You people are awesome! If I was a millionaire, I’d buy you all lunch, but I’m a struggling artist, so all I have to offer is a free book and a bunch of thank yous.
So thank you, thank you, thank you so much. I hope you continue to come back time and time again. Also feel free to find me on social media to join in the conversation or just stalk me. I’m on twitter and Instagram and, of course, on Facebook.