Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Learning the ropes

There's so much to learn when you become published! I don't mean to whine, because let me tell you, it's still so incredibly awesome to have a real book out there (well, in a few months I will, anyway!). But I don't think I realised there would be so much to learn and do and a whole new set of things to think about once it happened.

It's not like I really thought it would be my very own HEA. But I have to admit I probably hadn't given much thought to what would happen after I got 'the call'. When you work for years to get published, getting that call is everything you dream of and the 'what comes next' is remote and shrouded in the mists of possibility.

Now I feel a little like Cinderella the day after the ball. I might have won the prince, but now I have to make the marriage work!

I have had to do a little mind-set adjusting to work in this new reality. Basically, I have a new job and like any new job, there's lots to learn, new things to consider, new issues, challenges and delights. I've had to do some re-prioritising in my life: I still have a full-time job that I can't afford to let go as yet (and actually really enjoy), so finding a balance between having two jobs, spending time with family and friends, having a life and trying to stay healthy and do some occasional exercise to make up for spending hours on end at the computer is, well, a little tricky.

But I'm not complaining. :)

PS - In a spooky bit of coincidence, I just received an email invitation to attend a meditation session, the subject of which is 'creating more balance in your life'. I think I might need to attend!


  1. It's sooo exciting! I'm thrilled for you.

    Loved the Cinderella analogy :)

  2. Congratulations on the blog and website, Emmie. They both look terrific and I'm so looking forward to holding a copy of Cassie's Grand Plan in my hands.

  3. It's an incredibly exciting yet daunting time.
    I'm so happy it's all coming together for you!!!!! Wahoooo!!!

  4. Thanks Louise! You'll get an extra-special copy (I'm not exactly sure what...) for all your help with it and with brainstorming titles!

  5. Hi Ebs, you're absolutely right -- exciting and daunting is a great description!

  6. Congrats on a great website and blog - and on your wonderful sales! You've worked so hard and I tell anyone who will listen that you thoroughly deserve this! I am so proud of you and everything you have achieved. Go get 'em, Melissa/Emmie! I can't wait to have my own copy of Cassie's Grand Plan and look forward to doing the creative shelf rearranging in the depratment stores/bookshops :)))

  7. Lovely website! And I know you will be a great success as you navigate these new waters and I can say I knew you when!


  8. Thanks Serena! I think there's a part of me that won't find any of this 'real' until there is that book on the shelf to look at. (And re-shelve!)

  9. Thank you Robin! I have a post planned to talk about how essential critique partners are!! :)