Life can be strange at times, something that I am far from immune from. If you had told me just a year ago that I would dedicate myself to forwarding my career as an independent author, I probably would have laughed. Truth is, no matter how much I love writing and sharing my stories with others, I was always afraid of taking that leap. My most common thought was "What if nobody likes my work?"
The first step to moving past that was answering that question: "Who cares?"
Yeah, ok, I know that sounds a little aloof, maybe even a bit detached, but hear me out. I don't believe that any person should ever sell their dreams short, nor should they compromise who they are. No, everyone won't like what you do and yes, you will get negative feedback. So what? You put yourself into what you do and you let it stand on its own, for better or for worse.
I had a dream in early December of 2017, a dream which inspired me and helped form the basis for "Bermuda", my first full-length novel. I wrote as much as I could everyday, re-thinking ideas and trying not to overthink everything. Going it alone, I also spent time re-reading the entire manuscript multiple times to proofread (which I'm sure is still flawed; I am human after all) and tweak areas.
The entire process has been a huge learning experience and one that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. The feeling that I got when my first paperback proof arrived was indescribable. Yes, there is a long way to go to accomplish the things that I want to, and there will be negativity all along the way. I know this, I own this and I will not let it derail me.
If you've read this far, I thank you, you are a wonderful person, I thank you and I wish you all the best. If you take anything away from this meandering musing, let it be this: Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot be and never give up on yourself.
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