As 2012 comes to a close (ha ha, take that mayans!), I wanted to repost something that I posted originally on November 8th of this year. The release of The Perfect Game and your reaction to it has changed my professional life for not only the better, but for the freaking AMAZINGLY FANTASTICAL! Yeah, I just made up a word.
It's so important to me that you guys realize just how much I appreciate you. How thankful I am that you not only take a chance on my stories, but you love them and tell other people to read them. I could not ask for more!
Here's to hoping the end of this year was only the beginning and that 2013 rocks our freaking socks off! :) I'm ready!
THE POST WHERE I SHOW YOU MY HEART
I love you. I really do. And I hope you know that everytime I tell you "thank you" or that "I appreciate you"... I really, really mean it.
I want to give you a little background on me so that you can hopefully get a better understanding of just HOW thankful I truly am. :)
I got fired from my job about two and half years ago. It was funny because at the time I was so convinced that I'd be jobless for probably a whopping whole 2 weeks before someone else scooped me up and I was working my ass off again. And the thing was, at the time, I really needed a break. I can't even begin to talk about what went on in that work environment and what I had to deal with, but to say it was one of the most challenging experiences of my life would be a true understatement.
Anyway, I couldn't have been more wrong about my ability to find a new position with ease. Holy shit, i'd never been here before. I'd never been jobless. I'd never been tossed into an environment that was filled with so many under and over qualified people looking for work all at once. So I bought a laptop and starting writing almost immediately. But I was still looking for work and applying to numerous jobs daily.
I could barely get an interview- and when I did, I ususally left there in tears because I had just come from a miserable work environment and the last thing I wanted was to be tossed into another one. I didn't want to do something I hated. I wanted to enjoy how and where I spent my days. Life is too short.
Nothing felt right anymore.
All the interviews- THE MERE THOUGHT of working for someone else- it didn't sit well in my guts. It's like I knew somewhere inside me that that wasn't what I was supposed to do anymore. It didn't feel right to work for someone else. It felt like I was taking a step backward when I was handed this gift to move myself forward.
But how do you explain that kind of "logic" to a family who needs your income?
Thankfully I have a very supportive family. :)
Not like it would have mattered- I honestly don't think I could have found a job if my life had literally depended on it. It's HARD out there. It's crazy competitive and the people hiring like to make the decision for you before they've even given you a chance "I think you'll be bored in this position." "You're way too overqualified for this." "Why would you want to do this job, when you've been doing this sort of job the last 10 years?"
I couldn't get hired (obviously lol). And I released my first book (in dreams) not knowing really anything about this business. I just knew that I had a story I wanted to tell and no one was going to stop me from telling it. So I did. And then I wrote another. And i'm working my ass off to try to make a name for myself in the Indie/Self Published author world. And it's a lot freaking harder than it looks. There's A LOT of indie authors out there. And sometimes things seem so hit or miss- the moon lines up and the stars align just right for some people and not for others. And it's frustrating because i'm sitting there trying to sell books so i don't feel like such a worthless non-income-bringing-in loser (ahem), but nothing i'm doing is working- and my books are being ripped apart and people are hating them and the comments are freaking mean and they tell me I suck and write like a 12 year old and i'm sure i'm supposed to be offended, but I know some pretty cool 12 year olds out there, so whatever.
But of course that leads to the inevitable question of- am I supposed to be writing books at all? And if i'm NOT supposed to be writing books, then just exactly what the hell am I supposed to be doing because NOTHING ELSE FEELS RIGHT!
I'm calm now. lol
So I'm writing books, but not really making any money. I'm looking for a job, but I can't freaking get one.
And what happens next?
We lose our house. After trying to refinance and get help with the mortgage (all of which the bank said no too)- we were in the middle of a short sale when the house went to auction. The bank didn't stop the auction and I went and watched it get sold to the highest bidder. We had to move a month later. (that was all this past may/june)
And really? It's okay. I mean, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and i'm perfectly fine with how everything turned out- but that doesn't mean it wasn't horrible and hurtful and really fucking sad to get to this point. You know?
Holy crap, do I have a point? Yes, I do. My point is that if you fast foward to now... right in this moment... right this second... I want you to know that you've made a difference in my life because you're enjoying something that i've written. You're telling your friends and family to buy my book. You're recommending The Perfect Game to friends, strangers, neighbors, in coffee shop lines, on facebook, on twitter, etc. You're CHANGING my life.
I'll say it again.
Let it sink in.
Just for a moment.
Because I could never be where I am right now (an Amazon best seller, having made the USA Today and Barnes & Noble Best Seller list) without each and every one of you. And I would be lying if I didn't say that I wish this could last forever! Because honestly, I wish it would. :)
But as for now- you've made my dreams come true. You've rewarded my hard work by believing in me, encouraging me, supporting me, and wanting MORE from me. For the first time since I started this crazy journey, I feel like a success. I feel like i'm doing something right. I feel like i'm right where i'm supposed to be. And I AM SO THANKFUL for every one of you. Because I feel that way BECAUSE of you.
So, thank you... for every email, every facebook post and every tweet. Thank you for everytime my book pops into your head to recommend to someone. Thank you for spreading the word about my little book that could. You believe in it, which means you believe in me.
And that is more inspiring than I can ever put into words.
I appreciate you.