On May 29th, 2013, I uploaded my final file to Amazon Kindle Direct publishing and hit “Submit”. In a matter of hours, all of the hard work of writing, editing, and formatting paid off when I did a search for The Last Navigator and it showed up on Amazon. I immediately took a picture with my phone and sent it to my husband and my parents. It hadn’t truly hit me yet that I was a published author.
Now it’s been one whole month since that glorious day and I have written two guest blog posts (“J. G. McNease’s Debut Book” and “The Art of Setting Goals: It’s Not Always ‘Go Big or Go Home’“), gotten two 5-star reviews on Amazon, met and exceeded my selling goals, scheduled a freebie event (set for July 3rd and July 4th), and I am now working on formatting The Last Navigator for publishing in print. Just a month ago I was just an aspiring writer. Now, I’m a published independent author! I managed to do it all on a tight budget and working a full time day job.
My advice to all aspiring authors out there is this: don’t let your circumstances get you down… You can always find a way to accomplish your dreams!
Until next time…
J. G. McNease