Now that my first book, What Your Friend Means to Me: A Novelette (Magnolia Bay Publishing, 2014) has been published and is now available through amazon.com, I’m simply beyond thrilled. This blog is about three years old and over these years, I’ve completed one novel, stuffed it in a drawer, begun another, only to abandon it for another. Feel free to scroll through the posts here tagged “Writing” for those notes. When I started my graduate studies toward my MFA in Creative Writing, I became more focused and even more confident in my vision to become a published author. This novelette is a result of that shift and I am thankful.
After writing and editing this story, the process of preparing it for publication was a much more detailed and an often grueling experience. I knew it would be, but living through it was a test and I passed. So, now that the first one’s out of the way, my subsequent stories will be a lot easier to add to my bookshelf and thus be more frequent.
As a longtime amazon.com customer, I’ve stared at many authors, covers, and book descriptions looking for something to read for pleasure or a text for class. Yesterday, to see my book there - with my name, my cover, my story description – was pretty surreal. I couldn’t stop looking at its’ website page. I stared at it on my computer screen, my tablet, and my phone!
Now, I also have my own amazon.com author page!
Well, since that the first book’s published, I’m not in any position to get comfortable. The second story’s in the final edit stage right now and should be up before Christmas next week. Then another is soon to follow for the New Year! In the meantime, Shelby Kingston will always hold a dear and special place in my heart - she's my first published heroine.
Thanks to all who have been supporting my writing dreams and me, waiting for this first story, What Your Friend Means to Me: A Novelette. Thanks also to those who are joining this journey - becoming my readers. I’m truly grateful.
by Tonya Rice