Today ends the beginning of my publishing career.
For the past twelve years (It’s twelve, not thirteen. I finally looked it up.), I have worked a small press in Georgia as an editorial flunky. When I decided to accept the challenge to self-publish Charlotte Collins in September 2010, I never expected it to lead to a complete career change, but it did.
I am now earning enough money on my self-published books–Charlotte Collins, Absolute Liability, and Caroline Bingley–to quit my day job, and today is my last day.
I am thankful for what I learned at Smyth & Helwys and for the wonderful people I met there. What I learned at dear old S&H has served me well in my new career. I loved working on the Uniform series, but I feel very lucky to be able to write for a living and am ready to take that risk.
To go with that momentous change, I found out last weekend that my horse’s boarding facility is closing at the end of the month. That may not sound like a big deal, but in the midst of my work transition, launching Caroline Bingley, and finishing the first draft of Death Benefits, I had to find a suitable home for a 1,000-pound flight animal. That ain’t easy.
But at the end of the month, Darcy (my horse) will be moving to a lovely new barn, and she’ll be seven miles closer to me!
So big changes all around, but I’m excited about the future and thankful for being able to live my dreams, both literary and equestrian.
Here’s to ending the beginning, and beginning again!