Monday, July 2, 2012

Big Announcement!

Young writer in the making!
I wrote my first “book” at age 6. Although I don’t remember what the book was about, I do remember that I did all the illustrations, cut pieces of paper for the pages and stapled them together. And then I “published” it by sharing it with my sister Michelle and my father.

Humble beginnings, but even then my desire was to share my stories with the world. I wanted to give readers a memorable experience and help them escape the stress of the world on the wings of my words. Even then I understood that my process of writing wasn’t complete until I shared my stories.

As far as my desire to be a storyteller, not much has changed all these years later. I still want to give people a memorable reading experience. I still want to share my stories. Fortunately, now I don’t have to cut up and staple pieces of paper to do so. Even though I’m much older than 6, I feel the little kid excitement of sharing one of my stories with the world.

I am pleased to announce that I will be releasing my first novel, Love Simplified, on August 6, 2012. It will be available on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords and Nook.

The decision and the journey to becoming an indie author has been a sobering experience. I have prayed and contemplated this move for a long time and felt like God gave me the green light to move forward. Am I nervous? Of course. Do I realize how much work goes into this kind of venture? Yes. I’ve been researching for almost a year. Also, I have helped others become independent authors, helping with the layout, pricing and marketing of their books. Am I excited? A big, resounding yes!

What’s next on this journey? Watch this blog for updates. Also, check out my author page on Facebook. As the time draws nearer, I will be featuring interviews, give-aways and some other very cool announcements.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. 


Unknown said...

Woohoo Terri! I also became a first time indie author just a week ago. Here's my book.

It's never an easy decision to make if you're serious about your writing. I got a lot of negative reactions, but somehow those same people are now becoming more positive about the venture. I'm working on finding a good self-published author network, so if you find one let me know!

Terri J. Haynes said...

Congrats, Jane! I read the first chapter. Looks interesting.

I am also glad that times are changing and the stigmatism of indie publishing is lessening. I also got some strong reactions, but the support has far outweighed the criticism. I pray God's blessing on you and your book.

BTW, are you still knitting?

Unknown said...

I am still knitting! Never quite as much in the summer, as I also have my garden to worry about, but I have a shawl or two on the needles.

Becca-expressions said...

Congratulations, Terri. I look forward to reading it!!

Connie Almony said...

Congrats, Terri. I may need your advice. My crit partners and I are considering a similar move with our short stories. Hope all goes well!!!

Terri J. Haynes said...

Thanks, Becca. I'll be cheering for you come September!

Terri J. Haynes said...

Thanks, Connie.
Send me your questions and I'll answer them to the best of my ability. The indie publishing process is not easy, but it's not impossible, either.

Kate Dolan said...

Congratulations! Just having finished writing a book is a huge deal and now you've jumped another hurdle to get it out there.