Today is August 30th. Which means that next Tuesday—my regularly scheduled “Featured Author” day here at NAF—is September 6th. In case you didn’t know, September 6th falls after September 1st. And September 1st is the day my novel, Finding Angel, officially releases.
I won’t be posting in my regularly scheduled “Featured Author” spot here on NAF next week. Or any week thereafter. Because I won’t be a Featured Author anymore. Yep, I’m moving to the Granny Flat!
The Granny Flat…our affectionate little name here for the “Alumni” room—that room where our writers go when we have moved to the ranks of published author.
(See how capitalizing that phrase makes it look even more impressive? Just kidding.)
Honestly, I am sitting here, writing this, with no clue what to think or say. I’m at the end of one journey, but it is really the beginning of another, most likely even harder, journey. I’m nervous, to tell the truth. I’ve heard so many things about what it’s like to be published, from the incredible to the horrific. I have no idea what this experience holds for me.
I do know this. I will forever love this place called New Authors’ Fellowship. I have made friends here who will always hold special places in my heart. I am so, so very happy that Keven set up this blog to include the alumni. Fore-thinking, that guy. And much appreciated. Because if I thought I’d have to just up and leave I’d be heartbroken right now.
You see, this journey has been filled with amazing people. I’m very much an introvert, so getting myself “out there” and making friends is not something that comes terribly easy for me. I also tend to be a “take me or leave me” kind of person. I am who I am, and I won’t change to please people. This group here on NAF all took me for who I am.
But now I have to move from the comfy confines of aspiring author to actually having my novel in the hands of readers. And those readers may or may not take Finding Angel for who she is. I am lucky that I have this crew to back me up through all of it! True friends who are happy for me when I succeed, and who let me cry on their shoulders when I don’t.
Okay…I really wanted to have this last “Featured Author” post be something brilliant. Something to send me off with a bang before I switch to the once-a-month posting of an Alumni.
Instead, I give you sappy.