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It’s A Process

It’s been interesting how different this journey of writing Book Two has been in comparison to the process it took to write and publish my first book, More To Me.

During the writing phase of More To Me, I was asked about it almost every single day, especially once people knew it was getting close to publication. People would ask me the same questions: What’s it about? How long is it going to be? When can I get it? Are you excited?

This time around there have been less questions, but also more people who are surprised when I tell them I’m working on a second book. I think it’s surprising to people that one published book isn’t enough to satisfy my dream.

If you’ve followed my journey during the last couple of years, you know how important it was to me that I become an actual published author. I’ve dreamed about it since I was a young girl, making staple-bound “books” for friends and accumulating dozens of half-finished manuscripts throughout my teen years.

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to finally make something happen with those dreams instead of just talking about them.

So I did it.

I published a real life book, and I still have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it actually happened.

But I’m not the perfect writer.

There are things I learned throughout the process of writing, editing, and publishing. Sure, some things are going to be the same. But there’s a lot that will look a bit different simply because I’m learning.

I’ve learned that the story of my main character is difficult for some people to read, and that’s okay. I’ve learned that some people will judge me for self-publishing instead of traditionally publishing, and that’s okay too.

I’ve also learned that writing and publishing a book is not as easy as it seems, especially if you want a professional outcome.

And perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned is that stories matter, and that’s not something that should be taken lightly.

I can’t wait to share Book Two with you guys, because it’s real and relatable, just like my first one, but also because learning and growing has made me a better author than I was before. So, you can expect the same excitement with this book, but don’t be surprised if there are some big differences as well.

For example: the main character in this second book is not Bri, but it IS one of the characters in More To Me. Who do you think it is? Shoot me your guesses over on Facebook!

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