Well, with the blessing and support of uber-agent Jenny Bent, I’ve started the process of self-publishing my first book.
And now you’re like, “But ROBIN, you have an AGENT… WHY are you self-publishing?”
Because we love it! Jenny and I have a master plan that we’ve developed to ensure my long term career success. There are a lot of exciting things going on in the world of publishing. Some people think real books will soon be a thing of the past. Some people think self-publishing is the wave of the future and ebooks are going to rule the world. We want to offer my readers a little bit of everything.
My brother sent me this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.”
For the longest time when someone asked me, “What do you do?”
I responded with, “I, um, I’m a writer?” As though I needed their permission to be what God has called me to be.
I don’t have that problem any more. I know where I’m going and what I’m supposed to do. I am a writer.
I am a writer.
I write books and I’m ready to share one with the universe.
This book I’m about to birth into the world has been a work in progress for two and a half years. I started writing it right after Sadie was born. (Not really the best time to write a book in case you were wondering.) Right now I am working on the cover design concept and I’ve sent the manuscript to my copy editor to make sure it is perfectly polished. I plan on turning out a high-quality book. I didn’t write this over a long weekend. TWO YEARS and SIX MONTHS, I want it to be perfect.
Jenny signed me based on this manuscript then helped me to transform it. We cut about half of the material immediately and started over. (That was a real gut check.) She helped me to find my voice and focus on my strengths. I have cried tears over this book. Jenny has sent me edits and told me when I wasn’t funny. She told me to, “Show more and tell less,” and after I was like, “WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?” I cried and said, “NO, I CAN’T.”
But I did. I rewrote. I revised and now I’m ready to introduce you to my fourth child. You will have a taste of Robin’s Chicks to tide you over until my second book is finished and on shelves!
Tell your friends! It’s coming!!
And come play with me on Facebook, I’m told I’m highly entertaining. You would be too if your two-year-old was shaving her own legs and your five-year-old was sneaking an iPhone into kindergarten so she could play Angry Birds at nap time.