Friday, June 10, 2016

Steps Along My Shore - Book Release


Fear.

It can be immobilizing. Crippling. It can make my heart pound so hard I can feel it thud against my chest. It can make my mind fill with so much doubt I begin to second-guess my decisions.

Then the questions start to come:

Am I a good writer?

Can I handle the critiques?

Will people discover our true identities?

Is it worth the risk?

Can I truly help anyone?

After the butterflies that took flight in my stomach finally calmed down enough for me to think rationally again, I remember the whys of my journey down this path:

I’m not out to become a best-selling author.

I’m not seeking rave reviews and have tough-ish skin.

I did the best I could to remain anonymous.

It is absolutely worth the risk and Devin agrees with me.

I feel I can help not just one person but maybe even two…or ten…or more!

And so, I face my fears. I will not run.

I finally stopped editing my book. I stopped procrastinating. 

I accepted that there may be typos, dropped words, and goodness knows what other mistakes I made, but I know I did my best, my heart is in the right place, and Steps Along My Shore is finally ready to be released out into the world.

My baby is ready to walk on her own.
Steps Along My Shore on Kindle is for sale!
But, wait, you want paperback? CLICK HERE
OR
FREE on Kindle June 11-15, 2016

I couldn’t have done this without the help of my mentor, Bryan. My apologies to you now, Bryan…those typos that are in the final copy were not there when you read it. Those pages were added in long after you read it. Don’t blame him, folks.

Another round of thank you’s to Robyn and Donna. Your honest feedback helped me shape this final release into much better shape than when you first laid your eyes on it and for that I’m eternally grateful. I couldn’t have done it without you. Good critique partners are hard to find. I’m glad I had you both. I may need you next year for the sequel…keep your calendars open!

That’s it, folks. No tour. You won’t see me blog-hopping or see the book in your feed. I figure those who need the book will find it. As the saying goes, If God brings you to it, He’ll lead you through it.

Have you ever been so fearful you almost didn’t do something? How did you overcome it?



46 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Elsie!!! You did it. Fear or not, you did it.
    No tour, but I'll be plugging it Monday for you.

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    1. Thank you, Alex, I appreciate that more than you know. I'm still petrified but I'm hoping as each day passes that fear will lessen.

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  2. Congratulations Elsie, keep going, keep going and do not hold back. I just posted on the fear of reviews :) when I read your blog.

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    1. Thank you, Marja. I need as many cheerleaders as I can get and you're a great one! I'm on my way over to your blog now. What a timely topic for me :)

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  3. Congrats!

    You might not be doing an official tour, but look up other blogs and sites that deal with that issue and see if they will feature your book.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. That's a fantastic idea. I'm blessed to have a connection at a site that deals with sex addiction and they will be highlighting the book in the next few weeks. Scary but amazing too!

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  4. Congrats on publication, Elsie! I know your book will help many people. Overcoming fear is best done by facing it head on, having a plan, and then doing precisely whatever it is that you fear. It's the only way to defeat fear and move past it so fear does not rule your life and cripple your future. I learned that in the coming out process.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that, Debra. That really made me think. It also made me remember that if I wasn’t scared, it wouldn’t be worth doing. I appreciate it. And thank you for the kudos on the book. I'm hopeful it'll help someone.

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  5. Congratulations! You did it!!! That is an amazing accomplishment and kudos to you for kicking that fear to the curb. I've no doubt there will be lots of readers who will be grateful you did.

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. I'm so hopeful I can reach a few people and make a difference, really help them avoid the mistake that I made because Lord knows I made a ton!

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  6. Well done Elise - that's great you're up and published and Devin supported your ideas with the book etc ... as you say they will come, those that need to know. Oh gosh we go with our passions for writing and silly little finger misplacements get thrown out of proportion ...

    Excellent you've had so much help and have taken their advice on board - all the very best - now there's no need to run - if it doesn't suit, just leave them to get on with lives, embrace all who are grateful for your courage to get up and write ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I had so much support and encouragement from Devin. It was he that gave me that much needed nudge at the end. He was like, "Okay, enough procrastinating. You've gone over it so many times, I'm sure people will understand if there is a typo or two. They're more interested in the meat and potatoes than the spelling or dropped word. Just get it out there." He was right. I was just too scared and had to let it go before the fear froze me.

      I'm sure the first few critical reviews will sting at first but once I see it from their perspectives, than I'll understand it better and it will help me write my second book. Be well, my friend!

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  7. Congrats indeed at your feed. Can't let fear stop you and just have to push through and put it out there, which you did.

    I mean after showing your one and only eye, can't get much worse lol

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    1. And you should know, cat, you've got, what? 97 books at your feed by now? You have no fear in you, do you? Thank you for the encouragement! Hey, maybe I should've used the eye as my cover?

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    1. WooHoo, indeed, kind sir, WooHoo, indeed!

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  9. Congrats on the book!!! Definitely adding it to my reading list.

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    1. Thank you, Mich, I appreciate that very much! I hope you enjoy it.

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  10. I think you are one of the most amazing and brave persons I know ! and Im sure this book is awesome and I want this book for read. xoxoxoxox

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    1. You're far too kind, Gloria, thank you. I hope you and the twins are enjoying your birthdays! Happy awesome birthdays to you all! xoxoxoxo

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    2. Thnaks dear ! Next week I hope buy your book :) Have a nice weekend!!!

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  11. Congrats and best of luck to you ~ Cheers ~

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    1. Thank you so much, Grace, I appreciate it! Be well.

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  12. Congratulations Elsie!!!! I'm so happy for you and proud of you. :D :D Way to go!

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    1. Thanks, JoJo. Now I'm starting to get super pumped about it. It's getting exciting, still scary, but exciting too.

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  13. This is wonderful news. Good on you. This is the best. Wishing you lots and lots of good sales but really, the best part to me right now, is that you faced your fear.

    GOOD DEAL !!!!!

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    1. I agree, Ivy. I faced my fear. While the sales is a nice perk, helping people comes first, overcoming my fear was second...now onto the next book!!!

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    2. Glad you got to write a book that will help folks going through what you went through. And you're right. Onto the next book.

      Chop, chop, Cookie :-)

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  14. Eeeepp!!! I'm so glad you did this. Fear can be so controlling but I'm glad you fought back!!!

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    1. Eeeeppp!!! Is right!! I had a few more choice words that I'll refrain from posting since I changed the tone of my blog a couple of years ago haha ;)

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  15. Is it going paperback? I'm an atavism who believes in hard copy.

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    1. It went live in paperback last night on Amazon. So in the words of Jaclyn, "Eeeepp!" Is it bad that I had to look up the word atavism? I learn something new everyday!

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    2. Ah, yes... can't just hit the "other formats" button to get there, you have to wrestle Amazon for it. Done deal!

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    3. I'm so sorry for the frustrations, Chris. The link in my post should take you directly there...not that that helps you now. I deeply appreciate your support!! Truly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  16. Cheers and congratulations! I was happy to help in any way I could, even if my knowledge is restricted to spelling and commas. And the new parts you added might have a few typos, but just remember that no matter what you write, you will never be a grammatical trainwreck (or literal trainwreck) like Lark Voorhies, aka Lisa Turtle from Saved by the Bell who wrote this gem.

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    1. Thanks, Bryan! I'm not sure what just made me happier...seeing your kind words just now, or, the, amazing, book, title, from, Lark, Voorhies, and, the, fact, that, she, still, had, five, star, reviews, and, drinking, games, because, of, her, love, of, commas! That was great! Thanks for the mentoring, but better still, thanks, for, the, laugh!

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  17. Hi Elsie,

    My heartiest of congratulations to you, my amazing friend. You do not give fear permission to sabotage your dreams. Your book is now going to be released to the world. This speaks of your resilience, your determination, your passion for the written word.

    Kudos to you and all those who supported you with such awesome input. I, along with so many, cheer you on, dear Elsie.

    Gary

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and powerful words, Gary. They mean the world to me. I had so much help and encouragement along the way, it was a true team effort. I'm grateful to all of those who were there to be my cheerleaders and kept me going when I didn't think I could hit that publish button and that includes you!

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  18. I wanted to stop by and add my congratulations to you! It has been a long and difficult journey for you. I truly respect the attitude you are taking with the book release. You have done it for the right reasons and surly God will bless you for it.

    Best wishes my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne. You were there from the very beginning and helped me dip my writing toes in the water. I thank you so much for that. I hope you are doing well this spring (almost summer) and are able to enjoy the wonderful weather! Take care!

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  19. Did I mention I am proud of you? I am proud of you.

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    1. Thanks, Blue. I appreciate that more than you, my friend.

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    2. Don't mention it, Elsie. You never gave up. That means something, and you know what.

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