It's never easy saying goodbye or leaving your comfort zone but sometimes it's necessary. My heart is beating and my hands sweating because I'm stepping out of a comfort zone I've thrived in. Today is the start of a new journey for me and I've traveled the road before this time feels different. And in a good way. I'm more prepared and I've received more than I could ask for.
I've been signed with B. Love Publications for a little over a year or so and it was the best thing for me and my career. You see the Prolific Pen Pusher that is B. Love is more than just a publisher, she's a friend, she's a supporter of my other talents, and she's a teacher. I've learned so much from being in her presence and I'm sad about our time ending but I'm ecstatic to go back to being an indie author.
I keep reminding myself that this is a good thing as I say goodbye to my pen sisters and publisher so I won't be a ball of tears all day. It's hard because outside of books we've created a bond. A bond that I wouldn't have experienced had B. Love not slid in my inbox saying she'd been watching and loved my hustle. I love these girls and they've become my sisters. To receive their kind words and encouragement today meant a lot to me and I wasn't ready for the emotions swarming me.
Whew, I'm tearing up right now...
Ok back to it, some of the things I gained, I can't put a price on. This was an experience of a lifetime and I wish I had time to go into all the ways signing changed my life and helped me with my craft but we don't because today is my last release under BLP and I've got a book to promote. I've said my see you laters to my sisters. I've prepared myself to take on the indie author world with prayer, building connections, and setting myself up for a PIVOT. I've leaped and hoped the net would appear. No not hope, because I know for a fact it will. This is my calling and whatever arena I'm in, it always will be.
One thing I wanted to say today was to be more like Buzz Lightyear this season... I know. I know. Toy Story?
Yes, because when you think about the faith he had in himself and his abilities you can't help but appreciate his level of I GOT ME! We all knew he couldn't, he was told he couldn't but that didn't stop him from going for what he knew in his heart to be true. He could fly, he could soar to infinity and beyond. I believe that about myself and I believe that for you. Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can't do. Leap and watch the net appear.
And furthermore, surround yourself with people that believe you can soar as well. B. Love will always hold a special place in my heart because she makes signing a pit stop not a pit stay. I love her for that. She doesn't withhold the gems so we forever need her. She gives us what we need and sets us up for flying. I love her for that. She believes that each of us can fly once we stop allowing people to tell us we can't.
If you found me through BLP I want to thank you for giving me a chance and I hope you stick with me while I travel down this new road. I love you all. Happy Release Day to me! If you need a new read check out my latest release Ain't It Funny: http://bit.ly/aintitfunny