I’m intentionally writing this post before the USA Today listing comes out. Why? Because in reality, big picture, it doesn’t matter either way. Letters and labels are never what define a person or an artist. I honestly believe that. No matter what happens, I will continue to write and chase my crazy dreams. I know no other way.
More than fifty books, a million words, three years in indie publishing and a lifetime of dreaming later, here we are. Thank you to all who have supported my writing, believed in my crazy vision, followed me through successes and failures and been there along the way. You keep the pen returning to the page. Thank you, too, to those who have doubted me, criticized me and made me trust my gut more. You make me stronger and more determined.
Without all of you, the ride would be lonely and, well, boring. The laughs, shared interests, stories and friendships we’ve shared are what make this a community. A special thanks goes to Rita Delude, Kimberly Lee, Samantha Talarico, BeBe Harlow, Erin Wolf, Lisa Seleska and Bert Hostetler – members of my original ‘tribe’ who have weathered the worst storms with me and kept me dry. Thank you to Ditter Kellen, who became my sanity in our shared mission to chase those letters, NYT Bestselling Author Rebecca Hamilton for the opportunity, and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Adkins and Lexi Foss for putting up with me. Thank you to my set mates, who put up with a hell of a lost and crazy set leader and still haven’t blocked me. I wouldn’t blame you…
A list run is no joke. I went into the experience naive but came out more confident and better prepared to tackle an ever-evolving industry. I am tired but invigorated. I have big plans and bigger changes in store and am excited to regroup and make several announcements in the upcoming weeks about the direction of my own works as well as Crazy Ink Publishing, LLC.
The list goes up Wednesday afternoon and I know you’re rooting for us. I saw it in the buys, the pimps, the shares, the private messages, the emails and even the pep talks along the way. Our numbers are very hopeful and solid and I anticipate great things. That is because of you. I appreciate each of you who pulled for us and will always be here to return the favor. Thank you!