Delete 'nearly' too. Yesterday, I completed my transformation and became a professional writer as I launched my website for my new book, Cabin 108, and began accepting orders. So, I didn't get many but I got enough to prove that people will pay for my words. More will follow as delivery of product nears by the first of June. The proof copy sits on the table downstairs right now and will be in the printer's hands by Wednesday. Two weeks to produce and a week transit time after that. Presto! I can begin fulfilling orders.
Would have told you two years ago, even one year ago, you were crazy to think I could write and publish a book. But that's where I am. So much going on lately. My publishing coordinator told me in a meeting that my book is a thousand times better written than 50 Shades. She's only been in the publishing business for 30+ years! Settled on a company to warehouse and distribute my novel to bookstores and libraries. Bought packaging supplies for direct sales, which I need desperately to make this venture viable. Calculated postage for domestic and international sales. Figured out how to put a "Buy Now" button on my website.
The learning will continue as I enter the world of literary marketing, promotion and publicity. I'm already working on events to spread the word. Perseverance, passion, determination and hard work got me this far. So many chances to give up and walk away, but I refused. Cabin 108 became an obsession that wouldn't let me quit.
For now, I will leave you with the cover of my new book. Based on a painting by Uta Mooney with beautiful model, Jacqueline Davey, and graphic design by Laura Zugzda.