Artists, writers, and inventors are all lucky in the same way: after years of work, they get to hold the fruition of that hard work in their hands. All of these people make something, and therefore their hard work is tangible; it's something they can touch and hold and stare at until the purple vein in their head bursts open.
So in this way, I'm lucky that I love to write. Because after 3 years of hard work, my book is finally finished and I can look at it, touch it and hold it. (When the hard copies come in, of course!) This moment is definitely surreal, and I had a lot of help along the way, but let's save that for the acknowledgement's page.
So for my not-so-subtle plug of the post, A Pink House is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and many other e-reading sites that I'm not hipster enough to know about. If you're interested, check out the links on my home page! Or if you would like a hard copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay, so enough with the plugs. Mostly, I want to talk about the process of releasing my book. Getting to this point has taken a lot of planning and collaboration, and so it's weird when it's all finally out there. Seeing my book finally "live" feels a lot like when you get a Facebook notification, and its a picture of you doing something ridiculous that your friends tagged for all the world to see. It feels extremely revealing, and the extent to which I'm putting myself out there feels dangerously close to the leak of J.Law's nudes… (too soon?)
But then I went to this talk given by Antonio Garcia, one of the amazingly talented designers at Gravity Tank, a creative consulting company in Chicago. He said something that really stuck with me: "Seek criticism, not compliments."
After hearing Antonio say this, I started worrying less about whether or not people would like it, and focused more on what they thought, and how I could improve my writing for the next book I write! While this might seem like a negative life approach, I've never been more inspired, and never been more ready to start writing another story!
So on that note, please email me/comment below with anything that came to mind while reading A Pink House, good or bad. And all of this being said, I hope you enjoy the book!