Monday, June 19, 2017

The Very First Post: Exciting News!

Well, this is my Very First Post. Ever. In the history of anything. Due to this fact, you'll have to forgive me if I'm extremely too verbose and rambly. I tend to be like that on paper, though in person I'm not--I can think of things to say much more easily when I'm sitting at my own leisure.

Anyhoo, if you read the "About the Author" page, you'll know that I like very much to write, and this Very First Post is to celebrate the Very First Time that I can truly, finally say that one of my books is finished! After six-ish years of writing, editing, and re-re-re-re-re-editing (ahem, those of you who write should understand), I've finally self-published the first installment in my trilogy!

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What should have happened above my neighborhood when I finally clicked on "Approve Proof"
It was a very exciting moment, as you can imagine. The book is officially available for purchase. Woo-hoo! (I bought twelve copies already...I had had that money set aside for six months just so I could buy my own books!) Here are a couple of links if you would care to see how official it is. One is for Amazon and one is for Createspace (the Amazon self-publishing company that I used).
The Beginning of the War--Createspace.com
The Beginning of the War--Amazon.com
The Beginning of the War--Barnes and Noble (I just added this after seeing that my book is available on Barnes and Noble!) 
I am also planning to make it available as a Kindle e-book sometime in the future. Not sure when, but I probably will eventually.

Why did it take me such a long time to finish my book, you ask? Well...let's put it this way: I started when I was about 11 and thus, the first draft was VERY childish. So, my father read the whole thing aloud a couple years later (about) and I edited some more. And then some friends critiqued it and I edited more. And more and more and more and more and more and more and....you get the idea. It took a long time. THEN when I was almost done, the spacing on the pages was messed up. THEN when I was almost done, I had to add another chapter. THEN when I was almost done I couldn't get Drop Caps (which is that fancy thing when the first letter of a chapter is big) to work in Microsoft Word. Does anyone else hate Microsoft Word? It's a complicated, mixed feeling I have about it. But I finally, after a long, arduous trial and deep pondering how to fix the problem ahem, when I tried NOT indenting the paragraph at the beginning of the chapter, the Drop Caps worked!
Literally me when I got Drop Caps to work
Now, I could go on and on for a long time, but I believe this post should be ended with the announcement of this Very Exciting News. In the event that you want to know more about what is planned in my writing, check out the "Writing" page (just in case you COULDN'T figure that out on your own). If you care to give my book a read, please do! And if you read it or have any questions, please ask me! Now, it's debatable whether I will be able to satisfy you with a perfect answer, but I shall try my best.

I know this is a short post. But what else is there to be said? More news is to follow (even if you don't want it), and I hope that this blog thing (I seriously have no idea what I'm doing) works out okay.

22 comments:

  1. First comment! :D

    Your blog is looking awesome. I'm super excited that we can be blogging pals now, too. :)

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  2. Hello, I'm Ivy and I found you through Natalie's site. Welcome to the blogging world!

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  3. Hello, Anna! *Waves* Like Ivy I also found you through Natalie's blog. I'm not going to pretend I know a ton about blogging since I've only been on here for seven months, but I can tell you that you're going to have a LOT of fun!!! :)
    Best wishes!
    -Gray Marie-
    graymariewrites.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi, Anna! I'm a friend of Natalie's, that's how I heard about your blog :-)

    That's so exciting about you publishing your own book! Congratulations!!!

    I really like your header, it's very pretty :-)

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  5. Hullo!! I found you through Natalie's blog also :-D
    Welcome! I trust that blogger is so much fun, lovely to 'meet' you through the blogger circle.
    ~Evie

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  6. Hi! Natalie said you are a friend who just started a blog, so I just checked it out! That's wonderful that you wrote your very own book! My oldest sister wrote one too, but it is Dutch(because we are Dutch). I don't know if it is in English, but probably not. I understand the re- and re-editing, I've done it myself lots of times. I have never published a book, but I do write.
    I'm glad to have met another blogger!

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  7. Awww, thank you Natalie! Me too! :)

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  8. And thank you everyone for such a warm welcome to the blogging world!! I'm so glad to meet all of you!

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  9. YAY!! Welcome to the blogging world, Anna!! :D Your blog looks marvelous! You did a great job on your header.

    You description of the editing process for your book made me smile. "THEN when I was almost done, the spacing on the pages was messed up. THEN when I was almost done, I had to add another chapter..." Wow. Sounds like fun! (Haha. Not really. ;P) I'm so glad it all came together at last though. Great job, Anna!!

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    1. Thank you, Miss March! :)
      Oh yes, it was great fun...
      ...well...
      ...you know, it's fun now that I'm finished. We'll just leave it at that.
      Thanks again!

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  10. Hello there! First of all, I want to welcome you in the blogging world.

    I came here, on your blog, through your friend Natalie, and I thought, I must check this blog out. And I did.

    Love you header!

    Welcome Anna!! (Lovely name, by the way)

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    1. Thanks! Glad to meet you! :)

      I just took a look at your blog a moment ago--judging from your header, I discovered that I'm not the only person in the world who has watched Road to Avonlea!!?? What a shock!

      Anyhoo, thanks for checking out my blog!


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  11. Hello!! I'm Olivia. *waves*

    I'm coming from Natalie's post -- it'll be neat to see how your blog takes shape! And it's so cool that one of Natalie's "real live" friends is beginning to blog, too -- I can imagine y'all will have a blast talking about everything. :D Welcome to the blogosphere! :D

    Congratulations on your novel!! That's so awesome. And you've already got plans to make it a trilogy? Wow! ("I bypassed the compressor!" << Haha. XD And oh, so that's what those big caps at the beginning of chapters are called! I didn't know there was a way to do that on Microsoft Word. :D)

    Also, I may have *ahem* been a bit creepy and tagged you right off the bat.

    http://meanwhileinrivendell.blogspot.com/2017/06/yet-another-humongous-tag-post-part-i.html

    (I tagged you for the second tag, but either one or neither or both is fine.) I totally understand if you'd rather not do it, though, since it is rather sudden, after all! Hehe. :)

    Again, WELCOME!!!! :)

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    1. Hi Olivia!

      I will be glad to do the "four fictional characters"! It's not creepy at all! :) The only hard part is deciding on my characters! Hmmm...

      Thank you much--you'll hear back from me soon!



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  12. Welcome to the blogverse. I found out about your blog from natalie's post.
    I hope you like blogging.
    I've got a small-time blog if you want to check it out some time. It's rather in disuse right now. But I've got some stories and stuff on it.
    Again, welcome to blogging and best wishes for your book.
    P.S. yes Microsoft Word is frustrating. But it does have a lot of useful tools compared to wordpad. I started using Microsoft Word after taking a college class where a teacher taught me to use it right.

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    1. Hello!

      I just took a look at your blog and some of the older posts--looks like fun! Also, Obi-One was hilarious! :D
      Thanks for the welcome! Glad to meet you.
      P.S.I agree, there are worse things than having to cope with Microsoft Word.

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  13. Hi Anna! I'm pleased to meet you! I found you through Natalie's blog also :D

    How exciting to have your first book published! I hope to someday do the same!!

    It was lovely learning a little about you! Can't wait to read more :)

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    1. Hi Miss Woodhouse!

      Pleased to meet you indeed! (You know, this is weird but I literally just watched "Emma" two days ago. Hmmm...strange coincidence, isn't it? Such a good movie.)

      Anyhoo, good to meet you! :)

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    2. Haha How funny! Yes it is an amazing movie!! Which version is your favorite, just out of curiosity?

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    3. Sorry for the delay in replying to you! I suddenly got busy over the weekend.

      I would have to say that the version with Romola Garai (BBC, of course) is probably the best, being about 4 hours long. I remember liking the Gwynneth Paltrow one, but that was several years ago and I don't remember too much. Perhaps I should watch it again, to compare...:)

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    4. Haha that's alright, I totally understand how bust things can get! :)

      Really!! Romola Garai is my definite favorite!!! I've only seen Gweneth Paltrow once, and I did enjoy it, But Romola Garai is always the best!! I would also like to watch Gweneth Paltrow again just to give it a second opinion.

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    5. Oops I meant to say busy not bust XD

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