Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's Really Happening

So I wrote a novella. It's being published by Kristell Ink. And I don't talk about that as much as I talk about Circuits & Slippers. I don't think most people in my life know about it, even though they knew C&S was coming out for months.

I think I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up. Theirs, mine, I don't know. Because I thought it was too good to be true.

I did my research. I knew KI was a legitimate publisher, and I signed a contract. But still that little voice in my head said "Someone's playing a joke. It's all a big scam. Your name will never be on the front of a book, only the table of contents or on a website."

Which is not to knock anthologies or websites in any way. It's just that in those, I'm only a small part of the whole. 1/20 of the stories in C&S, one of hundreds on Cast of Wonders (sometime this year!). But a novella with only my words in it. That's a bigger risk they're taking on me, it's scarier.

So no matter how much I knew it was real, it didn't feel real.

This morning I got to see the first sketch for the cover of my novella, Anachronism. And I just about cried because it finally felt real.

And it's pretty, you guys. My aunt (the first, and at the time only, person I personally knew who had read the book) and I came up with an idea, and the artist pulled the image straight from my brain. It's amazing, and I can't wait to show everyone the final version when it comes out.

Because it is coming out. I am going to have a published novella. And I need to start believing that.


  1. Congratulations!! Yay! Enjoy, and tell everyone! :-)

  2. Congrats! I think a lot of authors feel that way. I had a foreign publisher approach me and I was certain I was being trolled, but it was real. They wanted to translate my book and publish it in Turkey.

  3. Yay, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Big secret reveal: Yep, we ALL feel that way, pretty much. Even after they've published one, we're sure they'll never buy a book from us again. When they do, we're sure it's a huge mistake and they're going to take it back! I remember actually worrying the world was going to end before my first book came out. We have to just learn to savor it. Celebrate!!!

    1. Oh, that's too funny. I'm actually surprised I haven't worried about the world ending... :D

  4. I know exactly how you feel. I just wrote a similar blog post. We should be proud of ourselves. Congratulations!

  5. Congrats! That must be incredibly exciting to be getting something published that is all your own!