Nearly 10 years ago in college I started writing a collection of short stories that interlinked. There were several times when months would go by when I wouldn’t touch the manuscript. Other times I worked on it in all-consuming binges, even carrying the manuscript with me wherever I went.
One of my good friends works for iUniverse, a self-publisher, and gifted me a publishing package years ago. What a wonderful gift! Sadly, it took me three years to enact on it. But finally…FINALLY…I submitted my manuscript a few months ago. Earlier this week I worked on the book details, including details for the cover and author biography.
Now, the book won’t be out on shelves right away, but after years of working on it, I feel like it’s finally coming together. It’s both exciting and scary. On one hand it will be nice to see this project in a finalized form. On the other hand, I’m putting a part of myself out there for everyone to see and critique.
Do I think that my manuscript will be the next Hunger Games or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? No. But perhaps this will lead to enough exposure to publish something else down the road, which could be the next hot seller or, again, have enough exposure to continue publishing.
I’ll keep everyone updated on the process. The next step is to write the back cover copy (and work on my pitch to consumers).