It's New Years Eve... like RIGHT! NOW!
And i'd be lying if I didn't tell you that new years was pretty much my most favorite holiday ever. There's just something MAGICAL about new year's eve.
I don't know if it's all the promise of what's to come... or if it's the hope, the excitement, the unknown, or all the chances we seem to give ourselves at the start of a new year... but whatever it is, I FREAKING LOVE IT!
You already know that the beginning of 2012 saw a lot of struggle.. the loss of my home, still no job, and my books not really selling enough to make me feel "worthy."
BUT, the end of 2012 has pretty much rocked. I released The Perfect Game in October and since then it's hit the USA Today Best Seller's list, been a Barnes & Noble best seller, a Kobo Best Seller, along with being an Amazon Top 100 Best Selling Book for OVER 60 days (it's only been out for like 70 something)!!!! That has honestly blown my mind in the best possible way! I never expected to have the longevity I am having with my little book that could... I'm over the freaking moon about it. :)
But I am so freaking thankful.
2012 brought me an agent.
It brought me deals and offers...
It brought me audio versions of ALL THREE of my currently released books! I never expected that. In all honesty, I'd never even thought about it. So that was such a nice surprise. Thank you Audible. :)
2012 has blown my mind.
YOU have blown my mind.
But as I sit here writing this blog post, I'm honestly hoping and praying that this is just the beginning. I find myself wishing with all my heart that the end of 2012 is just the beginning of what's to come for me in 2013.
I want to continue to grow my team, my business, my brand, my name- I want people behind me (or beside me) who want the best for me, my books and my readers... and who understand how the indie world works (or at least are willing to listen and try to figure it out). It's different coming onto the scene as a traditionally published author versus going from being a self pubbed one to a traditionally published one. I want all sorts of brilliant people around me who want to help me rise to the top. Positive, good, smart and ambitious people. Here's to hoping my team grows in just that way in 2013 because I want to continue being successful. :)
Because honestly...being a successful author feels really fucking good. The fact that I am making a living from writing now... I cannot even put into words how absolutely mind blowing it feels. How I finally feel like I am doing the right thing- I'm on the right path- I'm following my heart and it's finally paying off. And I can stop beating myself up for being a non-income-bringing-in-loser-mcloser-face. lol You know what I mean. It doesn't feel good to contribute NOTHING to your household.
But now I am! And it's been so FULFILLING!
Because I've said it a million times before, but it bears being repeated... I can't do this without you.
I could have never had the year I just did without every single one of you who gave my book a chance- who fell in love with the story I told- and who recommended it to other people.
Your word of mouth is my best friend. And I can never tell you "thank you" enough for it. Just please know that I never take you for granted. And that I honestly do try my best to answer every email, tweet, facebook post, etc. Because you mean the freaking world to me. You're not just "a reader"... I consider you a friend.
So kittens... Here's to a freaking amazingly MAGICAL 2013!
For all of us!
I hope you follow your heart and it leads you to true joy. Thank you for inspiring me with your words, your emails, your posts... and i'll do my best to keep turning out books that make you proud.
Remember when I released The Perfect Game I talked about getting a tattoo if it reached the Amazon Top 100?
Well I did it.
Just a little while ago. By a Giants fan, but let's not talk about that part. (hi tito's vodka, you are amazeballs)
This is what I hope I do for every.single.one.of.you.
Is it bad if I already want to add to the tattoo? LOL
Happy New Year everyone! I love you!