I listened to Ron Raines, a great Broadway singer, on my Ipod today as I sent my first novel to Amazon: the tale of a grieving soprano and her affair with a washed-up Broadway baritone. Hearing show music, sung with panache, set the right "vocal" mood at I took this signal step as a writer. Earlier this week I received my final formatted ebook from the brilliant Ted Risk and my final cover from the brilliant Dave Hunter, but when I awakened on Friday, February 3rd, to another day of blinding unseasonable sunshine, I had no idea I'd find the courage to release my novel to the world, as one might release a captive bird.
Now that it's out there for all to read, I feel proud and also relieved. It no longer matters HOW I got published because the act of publishing lets me know I've achieved my goal. Now I need a few readers to complete my journey, and I happily look forward to the next chapter, pun intended. But tonight I think I'll take a deep breath and savor the moment, and say a quick prayer of gratitude for all the family members and friends who cheered me on during times of doubt. They were splendid, and today could not have happened without them.