It Has Been Five Years Since I Published My Book…

I couldn’t let the month of September close without acknowledging my book. This month marks five years since I published my book. I always said I wanted to have a book on the New York Times Bestseller list. My book hasn’t made it to that list yet. I was a little disappointed at first, but really, it was a lofty goal. There’s still time.

The original book cover


I haven’t sat down to read the book since I published it. I’ve gone back to correct some errors and I redesigned the cover, but I haven’t read it. I’ve read the handful of reviews that I received for it. The written reviews are mixed. However, the people who told me in person or via private message that they enjoyed it never publicly wrote reviews, so I think more people enjoyed it than not. It was frustrating because when I was trying to figure out the marketing game, the person who actually published their review to their blog, Amazon, and Goodreads hated my book. I can laugh about it now. Back then was a different story. 

The ultimate catalyst for my finally buckling down to write and self-publish my first novella was the death of a friend.


In the time since then, I’ve gotten caught up with life and have delayed publishing a second book. I’ve designed a few book covers and come up with some ideas. But self-publishing was such a process and at the time when I went through it, we were struggling. The ultimate catalyst for my finally buckling down to write and self-publish my first novella was the death of a friend. I had never met him in person but he had made a huge impact on me because he was also a writer. I admired the hustle he put into promoting his books. I’ll never forget asking him to design my book cover and him agreeing to do it. Not long after that came a day when I had the thought, “I’ll design it myself.” I returned home from work that evening and got started on the book cover right away. Later that night I saw a post on Facebook from his family saying that he had died in his sleep earlier that day. I was crushed. I also decided that if I accomplished nothing else in my life, I would successfully publish this book.  Read all the posts I’ve made about my book here.


It ended up being my novella Reflection in the Music. I put my heart and soul into it. I also had a very tiny budget with the overwhelmingly strong desire to publish it right away. I should have hired a proofreader. I should have hired an editor. I should have had more eyes look at my first book cover. Five years later, I’m so proud of that book. 


That book shows a glimpse into the lives of the characters that have been living in my head for years. I’ve had several people ask me to write more about them, if not a sequel, then a book for each one individually. That one negative review shook me though. Nobody has to like everything or anything you do, but it certainly bruised my ego. 


I’ve come to a point in my life where I am much more patient with myself. That is due to some of the trauma I’ve experienced since then, counseling, and the things I have learned from my meditation teacher training. I am pursuing a career that I have chosen instead of trying to take whatever job I can get. It is the same career as the one I was pursuing before SHTF and the next six years of my life felt like it got as low as it could have possibly gotten. I’m not in a place of desperation like I was before. 


I have so many interests and I intend to pursue them all like my yoga blog, my recipe blog, and my insurance inspection business. Most of all, I think I’m ready for the next book. I have ideas, poetry, and stories that I have written. I’ve been gradually accumulating it over the years. The time for it all to be released will come soon. In the meantime, Reflection in the Music is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my online store. Check it out!

The updated book cover. https://payhip.com/letarawritesbooks


Thank you always for your words of encouragement and support.

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One thought on “It Has Been Five Years Since I Published My Book…

  1. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. But for this amazing nook. Just by reading the cover, I tell it’s a heartwarming book I can’t wait to my copy from Amazon. Thanks for sharing your writing journey.

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