In my life, one of my biggest moments as a writer was that first email from Marci at Wild Child Publishing extending an offer to publish my book, Spirit Summoner. The offer came a couple months before the birth of my son. I still remember how surreal the feeling was entering into two new worlds, the world of a published author and the world of fatherhood. More than anything, the moment attached itself to me, and promised the fulfillment on a life-long dream. The process of editing revealed a whole new series of moments, big and small, that shaped me as an author.
Where do I go from here? What about the final book in my series? What about the books I’ve already published? What about my fellow Wild Child authors? The questions flooded my head, breaking my spirit down. New doubts and new fears split me in half. By the morning, I was a shell of myself, numb to the feeling of defeat the moment had brought me.
Luckily though, I’ve faced defeat before. I’ve faced years of rejection from other publishing houses and agents, and undoubtedly, I’ll face some more. But I won’t give up. I’ll figure out a way to get my third book published, and when that’s done, I’ll keep on writing. Shawn Howen, my editor with Wild Child and a huge credit to making the first two books what they are, has agreed to continue to help edit the last book. This alone has fueled the fires of perseverance in me. I couldn’t imagine wrapping up my final book with Shawn’s help.
I want to assure my readers that I’m fully committed to finishing the series and to continue to write. When all is said and done, this is just another moment, a big one yes, but a moment that will be followed by another and another. I have many more yet to come.