Good morning everyone, and Happy Day 11 in the countdown: It has been a week of great news in my world: First, Aestas Book Blog — yes, that Aestas, the Goddess of all Books–picked up Thirty nights in her to-be-read list. **Super-squeeeeeeeal** Second, I got my author copies in the mail!!!! There is no feeling like it in the world. Especially after a 15-hour long day at work. I can’t stop staring at them. And third, I did a guest post on NYT Bestselling Author and USA Today’s Bestselling Author, Delilah Devlin’s blog. I was a little star-struck for the whole process, but at least I managed to string two words together. 🙂 Please read it here, and let me know what you think. You’ll see one of your favorite excerpts there too. 🙂
ANI KEATING: From Fanfiction to Published Author—Five Things I Learned in the Process
When Delilah invited me to post on her blog, my first reaction was a fangirl squeal. My second reaction was a Carlton dance. And my third reaction was a complete, paralyzing writer’s block, which continued until last night. How the hell do I choose what to write on Delilah’s blog? This is Delilah! Everyone has been in bed with her, and I’m just popping my publishing cherry!! Oh, the stress.
But I have a generally-calm, down-to-earth, hold-your-hand-through-hell hubby who said, “That’s what you write about. Popping your cherry.” And he was right. With my first book only eleven days away, I haven’t taken a full moment to pause and articulate what I learned in this amazing process. It started out as a small story on Fanfiction, then it grew on my blog, and now, finally, it’s hitting the stands. It has been a beautiful whirlwind, filled with lessons. And because I’m a list person (blame my legal job), here are the top five: