Good news! My book, The Historian, is now available on Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/Historian-Rachel-Bohlen-ebook/dp/B00OZ85SI2/. I’m hoping to have the paperback version available later this week.
I’m trying to balance being proud of myself for developing a finished product and constantly reminding myself that it’s “just” self-published. No matter what, I’m still proud that I actually finished a book and polished it to the point where it’s acceptable for people to read, but I still find myself correcting my friends when they say congrats on publishing — “It’s just self-published,” I tell them. “Not really published.” I know that I shouldn’t say that, but I do.
I’ve never been someone who is eager to have other people read my work. This may seem counter-intuitive for someone who claims they want to be a writer, but I think that other writers out there may understand. Of course, a part of me wants people to read my work (and, I hope, love it), but the potential for harsh criticism has held me back. That’s even held me back from putting myself out there and telling people that I enjoy writing at all. Creating this blog and my Twitter account were huge steps for me. Saying to the world, “Hey! I love writing!” gives the world the chance to say, “You? But you’re not good at it,” or, the worst, “But you’re not a real writer because you’re not published by a traditional company.”
My expectations are realistic: this is not going to make me money. I don’t expect to be the next Hugh Howey or A.G. Riddle, those wonderful self-publication success stories. I just want to be proud of my work, and I want to feel motivated to write more.
Anyway, this is a long way of saying, my book is available, and I’ve been told it doesn’t suck. Hooray!