Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I thought getting a publishing contract was hard - it's what comes after that is...
I am so excited and nervous about finally getting a publishing contract for my debut novel "Not My Will", I've been searching for an agent and or a publisher for almost two years now for this novel and I've had many days of just wanting to give up. I felt it was a pipe dream - this chick from the islands actually publishing a novel? Really!? I've had so many no's, it's not a right fit for us, etc, etc. But I thank God that whenever self doubt tried to storm in my mind, He brought the right thing: words of encouragement, a song, a scripture from memory, a stranger, my husband, my kids, a friend, something to bring me back to the bigger picture and realize that I must not give up on the dream He has instilled inside of me.
So my contract is signed, and now I must venture on this journey of being a published author of a novel (I've already self published a children's book). I'll be lying if I said I'm not scared, scared of what lies ahead - but with my faith in God, I am trusting that it is well. I am now learning that I have to open up myself and get out of my comfort zone if I really want to aggressively promote my novel before and after it is released. I am a private person, an introvert (which explains why I love to write) so I have a hard time opening up myself to people. I don't like being the center of attention, I prefer to be behind the scenes and cheer on others. But during a consultation with a publist yesterday, I was told I will have to put all of that on the backburner for a while and open up myself to my potential readers. If I want to continue writing and publishing books, readers need/want to know Khara Campbell and not just my novels. So here goes, another leap of faith for me.