I have some exciting news to share with all of you. Your gracious comments gave me the confidence I needed to take this important step and become an author. I spent over a year writing three blogs on another blog hosting website that will remain nameless (Blogger). There was very little feedback. Then I moved my blog here to WordPress. Poets and lovers of poetry embraced my writing and I felt a sense of belonging. Some comments were so moving they inspired me to write poems. Then there was the courage that so many of you show writing your own poems, telling your stories. It allowed me to do what I have always tried to do, just let it all hang out, be myself, and let the chips fall … I know triple cliché, deal with it.
I am publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing. One condition is that the content cannot exist anywhere in digital form available to the public. I had to remove those poems, included in the book, from my blog. I didn’t realize the reach one can have when sharing a blog post. If you want to know, try deleting your digital footprint for twenty-seven poems. Each one shared on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google+, etc. Now imagine having to click on delete, confirm delete, and OK, over and over again. Thirteen hours straight, blurred eyes and onset carpal tunnel (now known as a repetitive motion injury). It was well worth it. There is a great deal of pride and satisfaction in seeing my work assembled under one cover.
I am publishing the paperback on CreateSpace, and it is in the final proofing stage. The process was fairly painless. I urge anyone considering publishing their work to consider these venues. Time will tell whether it is financially rewarding, but from a creative standpoint, very soul satisfying. My friends have been “encouraging” (euphemism) my stubborn self to do this for a while. I didn’t feel ready until recently. The final vote is yours, as the reader. If you buy the book, I make money and if you don’t, I can prove them all wrong win/win 🙂
If you would like to visit my author page and give it a like, you may do so here: https://www.amazon.com/author/mzanemcclellan
I will get back to writing and sharing more poems with you when the dust settles from my publishing venture. I will also begin posting to my other blog, The Emergent Author, here: http://theemergentauthor.wordpress.com. I plan to share my experiences with all the facets of being a neophyte author. Thank you all for your encouragement and continued support. Oh, and if you are wondering what the heck Wabi Sabi is, you’ll find an explanation in my book … or you can Google it.