In my post last week, I talked about how Nightblade had originally come to fruition. It was 160,000 words, and I was proud of it. I’d written novel-length works before, but this story felt better to me than any others I had ever written.
After writing Nightblade I sat down and wrote a new novel in 2013. It was completely unrelated to Nightblade. It was a different world and a different genre. All in all, it was also pretty bad. There’s a good idea there, and someday I may go back and rewrite it, but as it stands now, it will also never see the light of day.
It was in 2013 I discovered the Self-Publishing Podcast (SPP), a podcast put on by three authors all heavily involved in self-publishing. Much like my discovery of Nanowrimo, SPP opened up my eyes to a new world I’d never thought of before. I wasn’t a kindle owner at the time (I still love my paper books, although my attitude is beginning to change), so I never really thought about self-publishing.
After hours of listening to SPP, I was swayed. I’ve got other friends who are writers who are interested in trying to be traditionally published, and someday I may try, but right now, being traditionally published doesn’t hold much appeal to me.
It’s always been a dream of mine to be a writer. I don’t have an inspirational story where I quit my job and gave up everything. I’ve got a family to support, so until I’m making healthy money writing, I still go to a day job. But I’m excited to have my words out in public.
It would still be a long time before I published Nightblade, but the decision was made in 2013, and it’s only been a matter of time and effort since then. Since then I’ve written two more novels which finish the story began in the first. I’ve made several rounds of edits and now the book is out, and I’m grateful for each and every one of my readers. I hope you enjoy the story.