For those of you who didn't hear my shrieking (I can't imagine there's anyone in the northern hemisphere who missed it :) Darkness Unleashed debuted #24 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #120 on the USA Today Bestseller list.
I have to admit I'm still buzzing with excitement since I never truly dreamed this would happen. My writing career has been far more the lesson of the tortoise than the hare. It took almost ten years of submitting to to publishers before I sold my first book. It took another five years to move from the short, sweet regencies into the more mainstream historicals. Then came the paranormals and five books to reach the bestseller lists.
I hope that those who dream of one day seeing their writing published will take heart from my story and realize that for every writer who is an overnight sensation there are far more of us who have stood in the trenches, writing and perfecting our craft for years before ever being given an opportunity. And most of all, I hope I can inspire others to put aside their fear of failure and go for their goals, whatever they may be. I have stacks and stacks and stacks of rejection letters, some of them assuring me that I am a talentless hack that should keep my day job, but I never let them take my dream.
Don't let them take yours either. Just go for it :)
Happy Thanksgiving to All!