I’m writing this at 11:16pm, 15 March 2018, and I am announcing success!

I have just finished setting up my Author Page on Amazon.  I do not believe Barnes & Noble has similar functionality.  My first novel is available for pre-order.  I feel it is appropriate to quote Rod Stewart’s “Faith of the Heart” at this point (and I can’t resist, as I like the song):

It’s been a long road, getting from there to here…

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been writing since the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, which on July 15th (a 100% arbitrary date I chose to simplify counting) will be 21 years.  It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.

I’m going to spend the rest of March focusing on getting my Writing Database 100% functional–at least how I define 100% functional–and I hope to begin working up Book 2 “Into Vushaar” in April.

Right now, the eBook is available on Amazon (with a slight misspelling in the Series that has been fixed but not updated yet), Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.  I hope to add Apple iBooks, Google Play Books, and the Microsoft Store at some point.  iBooks will be easiest as I only need a Mac to upload the eBook.  The last I checked Google Play wasn’t accepting new publishers at the moment, so I may have to periodically check back.

So, I freely admit that I should feel excited.  In fact, if I were not so tired, I probably would feel a certain amount of excitement.  But…it’s very difficult to feel excitement.

“What?” you say?  “How could you not feel excitement?  I’ve never published a book, and I know I’d feel excited.”

Okay, okay…perhaps, saying that I don’t feel excited was not the most accurate phrasing.  I do feel excited but not about “Awakening.”  I feel excited about “Into Vushaar.”  🙂  As I wrote in a Facebook post not too long ago: after all, I have 53 more books to write.

Since I’m talking about writing and you haven’t stopped me yet, I’m going to break that number down by series:

  • Histories of Drakmoor – 10 books
  • Science Fiction – 10 books
  • SF Spin-off – 5 books
  • A Science Fiction series, starting in the Middle Grade age group and following the character into adulthood – 15 books
  • An Action/Adventure/Suspense series – 3 books
  • An Urban Fantasy series – 5 books
  • Another Science Fiction – 5 books
  • Another Action/Adventure/Suspense that’s just one book right now, but I’m open to writing more if the fit takes me.

And there you have it…the 54 books I want to write.

If I am somehow able–through whatever miracle–to publish one book every six months, I’ll complete the current list in 26.5 years.  Publishing one book every 9 months will take 39.75 years, and any publishing time longer than nine months is just not acceptable.  🙂

I’m going to contact Amazon to see how I go about enabling the “Download a sample” functionality.  I think that is an excellent feature, and I wish more authors pursued enabling it.  Goodness knows, I’ve been burned once or thrice by books that had no sample available.

This first novel has indeed been a very long road, and I do feel a sense of accomplishment.  Though…who was it that said, “You’re only as good as today?”

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