Hey everyone….it’s “I Read Canadian” day today. I’m Canadian and I have a book you can read called The Waking Hours that can be purchased on your Amazon account!! Show your support by purchasing the book and, once you have read it, please leave a review on Amazon.
Self-publishing has been a great experience so far, and now I am balancing the marketing and self-promotion of The Waking Hours while editing One Eleven and writing Dark Room. I may need to make a bit of time to learn how to clone myself!
Last Monday, I chewed off all my fingernails, paced around my living room, and finally found the courage to share my book with the world. I can still see the track I carved into my carpet as I anxiously awaited the stats and braced myself for the reviews.
When the first reviews began trickling in, I felt like Sally Field at the Oscar’s – they like me, they really like me! In one week, I have sold 184 copies of The Waking Hours and the readers love it! Once they started the story, they couldn’t put it down and they were sad when it ended.
They are also asking when the second book in the series will be published. (May 2nd for those who want to mark their calendar)
Thank you all for putting your faith in my passion for writing and thank you, especially, for the wonderful feedback and the support.
If you haven’t already purchased a copy, go to Amazon, whichever one you choose to shop, select Books in the search bar and look for The Waking Hours.
The concept of writing a novel is romantic. When I first began to jot down ideas for The Waking Hours, it was more of a whimsical impulse than a promise to construct complex characters who would eventually write the bulk of the story themselves. I soon became nothing more than a conduit for their voices, and my creative process was redefined.
Twenty years after its inception, The Waking Hours is now breathing a life of its own. But that life did not come without several obstacles and a few hard truths. Writing fiction still holds the allure of feeling like Cinderella at the Ball, but self-publishing fiction is the Wicked Stepmother who you know to be problematic, but you do not realize how much of a pain in the ass she can be.
There are many facets to self-publishing that throw themselves into your path, causing you to stumble a few times on the way to the finish line. If I look back at my first attempt, I can truthfully tell you it resembled me starting at the finish line and running backwards, pushing through the stream of runners as I sped towards the starting gun.
I did self-publish my first novel on Amazon a few days ago, and I feel an overwhelming sense of pride in my achievement. I took an idea, I transformed that idea into a book, and I learned how to edit and properly format that book to sell it to the public. That, to me, is a giant checkmark in the win column. The fact that I am receiving great reviews is much more than just icing on a cake, it is the engagement ring after a twenty-year courtship.
My second book will be published on May 2nd and I am honestly looking forward to going through the same process, but this time I will start from the beginning and race towards the finish line like everyone else.
Lao Tzu says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” At least this time around, I will be going in the right direction.
This moment has been a long time coming. Today is the day I can officially call myself an author and introduce you to my book baby. After a long, complicated gestation, and a very emotional birth, I proudly hold up my baby to introduce it to the Kingdom.
The Waking Hours is now available on Amazon! Click HERE to be taken to the Canadian site to buy my book, and please share this link with your friends and family. If they like a good suspense thriller, The Waking Hours is a great blend of strange, creepy and heart-warming. If you are accessing Amazon from outside of Canada, choose books in the drop-down menu and enter Susan M Nairn. Make sure to sort by publication date.
And if you want to know my current emotional state, click play on the audio file above to feel the true depth of my gratitude being able to share this book with you. Thank you all for your support!
If you do buy a copy of the book and you enjoy it, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon! (those are extremely important)
There are many days I feel like a child who is distracted by shiny things. Yesterday was one of those days.
I had a great chat with my friend, and mentor, Neil. He has been instrumental in keeping me motivated and inspired to follow this crazy journey of writing novels. I knew I had a monumental day ahead, as the 238 pages of my first novel needed to be screened for one final edit before I self-publish on January 11th. But during my conversation with Neil about book number three, my mind took the next exit into creativity and the editing sat on the side of the road with a flat tire.
He had given me a few tasks, and asked that they be hand-written. My pen could not keep up with the ideas my brain was sending. I quickly realized how long it had been since I had actually written anything with a pen, and I struggled to remember how to hold the pen properly. After a few trial runs, it all came flooding back.
Since I spent my Monday afternoon being an author, I had to spend all of today being an editor. I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 am and spent nine consecutive, grueling hours going through my first novel with a fine-toothed comb. By mid-afternoon, I was ready to gouge my eyes out with a spoon. BUT, The Waking Hours has been submitted to Amazon for approval and I am now drinking wine, and shitting my pants. They really should make pills for this!