Right now, I'm pretty much just happy. I'm sitting back and enjoying it. But as this day has approached, I have been thinking a lot about the future. Finally getting what you want can actually be a little frightening. Now, I'm not complaining. But, there is a sense of, "Well...now what?"
Like most authors, I hope that this will become my career. And like all jobs, you have to keep doing it! At least if you want to get paid. I've never been a fast or focused writer, so I'm still nervous about the concept of writing new books frequently. And that sounds like a full time job, and I seriously doubt I'll be able to quit my "real" job anytime soon. So, will I be able to keep up? Can I continue to churn out novels without going crazy? And of course, the big fear...will people like them? When will I get that first really nasty review?
My fears about the future are very real, but at least right now, I'm looking forward to tackling them. One of the reasons I have been working toward this goal in the first place is that I love and need challenge in my life. And although I've crossed "publish novel" off my bucket list, it's far from over. My journey to publication ended today. But my journey as an author started today.
Wish me luck!