Excitement

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I was never more excited as I was when I hit the publish button for the first time. I was taking a leap and putting myself out there for the first time. I had labored over my story and was putting it out there for everyone in the world to see. I had no way of knowing if it would sell or just sit there and mock me.

I made a few sales and I knew that 99% of them were family and friends. I started to network and promote online. I was pushing my book at every chance that I saw. My mom was so proud that she was telling anyone that would listen about her daughter’s book.

I was so excited that I immediately started on the next book. I put the next books in the series out in quick succession. I was so proud of myself. I put five books out there to be read by anyone who wanted to take a chance on a new author.

I had low sales but I was still selling. I was making contacts and networking. I was finding friends in other authors and bloggers. I was having fun and working hard to get my foot in the door and get my name out there.

Then I went to my first event. I was so excited I was literally bouncing in my seat as we got closer and my hubby was laughing at my childlike glee. I had made him go with me so I had one person with me that I knew and I would be a little more comfortable.

Later that year I ran into another author that I had met at my first event. She runs a small-press publishing company. We hit it off and a new relationship was forged. I have found a new friend and confidant. She is patient and honest with me. She tells me what she thinks and doesn’t hold back. She is exactly what I needed to propel my writing career and make my books the best that they can be.

I have found myself being disappointed as different things were pointed out about my books in the editing process. I had never been through a full edit by anyone before. My confidence took a hit as I realized that my wonderful books were not as wonderful as I initially thought. I brushed myself off and jumped back in the ring. I got down to work and started to make my books better. I want them to be the best they can be. That means that I have to put the work in and make them be the best.

Now that I have made it through the first edits and have just now sent it to the second editor, I am starting to feel the excitement again. I am getting closer to republishing the first book. It is all new to me again. I have not been promoting as this process has been happening, but I find I am excited to be at the beginning of it again. I will be promoting my re-release and it will be the best version of my book. I can be confident in the knowledge that I am putting a quality product out there.

Keep in mind that if you are willing to work for your dream, it can happen. You have to be willing to take the constructive criticism of others and realize that you can always improve. Take the advise others are trying to give you and make it the best you can and then put it out there and see what happens. It is all up to you to make your dreams come true.

I am working on making mine come true. I have all of you to thank for helping me to get there. We will continue on this journey together and it will be one hell of a ride!

~Miranda

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About Miranda Shanklin

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and our two children. I write new adult paranormal romance when I am not running my children to practices or cheering for them at events. I work a day job as a paralegal and am the assistant coach for my daughter's competition dance team.

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