Today, June 3rd 2013, marks the day that I published my first book. Soul Fire is the first book in the Soul Trilogy, and has already been well received as an unpublished work on the popular site, Goodreads.
I’ve always loved writing. To be a published author has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, around eighteen years old, I lost sight of that dream and gave it up as ‘too difficult’ or ‘too unlikely’ or some bullshit like that. I think it was about a year later that I decided to pick up the dream again, and another year after that when I actually sat down and seriously started considering to go for it.
Originally written in 2009, Soul Fire was meant for my eyes only, a project to take my mind off of things and distract me from Year 12 homework. About a year in the making, it finished up at 53,000 words. A few years later, on a whim, I posted the first few chapters to Goodreads.
I could not have predicted the outcome. It quickly racked up a following, and they were reading the chapters as fast as I was posting them. Encouraged by this, I started on a sequel shortly after Soul Fire hit the most popular unpublished work of all time on the site.
Even more inspired, I began a rewritten version of the original draft in September 2012. After writing out the first 40,000 words, I then completed the last 50,000 in November as my NaNoWriMo.
I reworked and redrafted the novel until I was happy with it (no mean feat). About a month ago, I decided that self publishing was the way to go, and today I approved my novel for publication.
Writing a novel is a hard road, one that can often seem to have no end. But at the end of the road, you could very well be holding your own novel in your hands, and that, my friends, is a dream worth pursuing.