At last

It’s been a while since I posted. The holidays have come and gone, and the new year has started. My birthday is right around the corner, and a new chapter of my life began just a few days ago.

Last time I blogged, it was about the trial that was editing my first novel. Well, editing came and went, and then came again. In all, the book was edited four times. It was a long process, and one of the most difficult I’ve experienced, but at the end of it all I’m glad that it happened. One thing I’ve always said I would do has actually happened, and I think that’s something to be proud of! It was cutting it close, but I’ve managed to sell my work before turning 25.

So how does this happen? Well, for me, I decided to do it on my own.

My first novel, Death of the Sun, is now available on Amazon.com for the Kindle and paperback, and also on Barnes & Noble as a paperback.

The decision to self-publish the story as an e-book was a difficult one, but it was one made after much research and consideration. Ultimately, I’m pleased with the choice. I’ve only heard back from the first few readers, but so far, the only negative comment I’ve received is that they wished it had been longer.

Length was actually a major factor in the decision to make it an e-book. The final word count was a decent bit over 73,000 words, so it’s nothing to sneeze at! But it still falls short of what most publishers want for length. The story was complete in my eyes, so it would have felt wrong to try to pad it out and meet a word requirement. It would have seemed forced. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a short story as long as the entire story is told.

It’s been a beautiful learning experience. From figuring out how to format things myself to learning how a story should be structured, I gained an incredible amount of knowledge. On top of that, it was an interesting challenge. Death of the Sun is a romance novel, and a vampire story on top of that. I’ve always been smitten with vampires in classic literature, ever since I was a girl. But romances? I’ve never read a single one! For that reason, it’s possible that Death of the Sun is an oddity in the genre.

The story follows Angela, a young professional that’s become so wrapped up in her career that she’s never even decorated her apartment. She struggles with the desire to do something different with her life, and the desire to make her father (who just so happens to be her boss) happy. These are things that end up absorbing her, and everything else in her life falls by the wayside. It’s not until she meets Blaine, a vampire that no longer finds his condition all that it’s cracked up to be, that she realizes how off-track she’s gotten.

In that respect, it’s a story that chronicles the growth of the characters as people. Sometimes they’re enriching each other’s lives, sometimes they’re unintentionally making things worse, but all things considered, there’s the underlying feeling that everyone can be stronger when they have someone to lean on. In that respect, even if romance isn’t really your thing, I think there’s something in the story of people’s lives that all of us can relate to.

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