I did it! I finally pushed the button. North Watch Keep went live yesterday on Amazon.
North Watch Keep is famous for its orchards and the family connections to the fey. Suspicious when he had not heard from his cousins for months, the king sends his Hound of Justice, Sir Kelvrin, to find out what is going on at North Watch. Posing as a soldier for hire, Kelvrin discovers the family has been murdered and the Keep occupied by Lord Geoffry of Gwen Myer, whose men are hunting the villagers for sport. Only emotionally scarred Lady Beth remains of the family, eking out her existence as the village healer. Then Lord Geoffry’s men try to kill Kelvrin when they realize they cannot buy his loyalty away from the king. (Novella, 16K words)
It isn’t high literature, but it is a fun story and I love it. It is a medieval fantasy romance, just a little light summer reading, perfect for the beach or the cottage.
Pushing that button was harder than I thought it would be, and yet not as hard as I thought it would be. I am excited, terrified and humbled all at the same time. I had the same feeling that you get right before the long drop on the roller coaster, the one when the person beside you is yelling ‘All right! Put your hands in the air!’ and you are holding on to the bar for dear life thinking ‘What have I just done?’ There is that high when you realize that you just might have Readers. When I went to the bank to sort out all the bank information for royalties my banker actually took a screen shot of the page for his wife so she could read my book. And the low while you wait for someone, anyone, to write that first review. A little silly, since Preston has read my novella and told me face to face he likes it.
I don’t think I could have managed to push the button without Cindy from Guelph Write Now who walked me through the process. Or Preston whose absolute faith in my writing had gotten me over more than one hurdle in the last two years. Or my family, particularly my children, who have watched and listened to me agonize through the whole process. Youngest told me on Sunday (coming home from the Publishing on Amazon workshop) that I ‘just had stage fright’ and that I would get over it. Yesterday she was laughing and started quoting ‘Emperor’s New Groove’ when I started hyperventilating after pushing the button. If she could have managed a video with her two casts, she would have taken one of me dancing around the living room like a total fool when I sold my very first book.
There is nothing quite like it.
I’m sure at some point I will look back on this novella and think of all the things I could have done differently. You know: the email list, the funnel, the marketing work, all those things that you are supposed to have in place before you push the button. But, right now? Today I’m grinning like a Cheshire cat because I sold six novellas on the first day!
So, if you are looking for a little light reading, perfect for the beach or cottage, check out ‘North Watch Keep’ by Eli Winfield.