Today I Am a Published Author. I Think.
A couple of days ago I noticed that Second Wind Publishing, the company that will be releasing my books, has More Deaths Than One listed for sale as a download on their ebook page. How long had it been there? Did its availability mean that I was a published author?

My books still aren’t available in print form. I know publishing delays are nothing out of the ordinary, but I feel a bit foolish for having frequently announced the imminent publication of More Deaths Than One and A Spark of Heavenly Fire. It seems as if they are always two weeks away from being published. When they are finally released, I am going  throw a huge online “Hallelujah!” party. (You are all invited, of course.)

Which brings me back to the point of this bloggery. I wasn’t sure if having a book available as a download qualified as being published. And if it does, how odd that I didn’t know. Shouldn’t it have been a momentous occasion? Shouldn’t such a milestone have caused a ripple in my life, a change? But no. Here I sat, doggedly de-was-ing another manuscript, not knowing I’d been elevated to published status.

Well, I can now truly say that I am a published author–an online friend bought the ebook.  I received an email from her today. She wrote: “I got the prize! The first Ebook! I want the first book in print too! So see to it that someone sends me one first!”

So, not only am I a published author with one sale to my credit, I received my first fan letter.

Now this is a momentous occasion. I can already feels the ripples. 

PatBertram   PatBertram wrote
on 3/14/2009 3:31:23 PM
Thank you for your congratulations. It's truly strange (and wonderful in a way) that so many milestones in a person's life pass unnoticed.

kt6550   kt6550 wrote
on 3/11/2009 11:35:27 PM
Congratulations! You should feel good! The only place my stuff has been published is here and another web site that I like to use for posting. There was a composer of music once, a fellow by the name of Mozart. He really didn't care who played his music, as long as someone played it. I wonder, if, in his wildest dreams, he imagined how many would listen to it?

penname   penname wrote
on 3/11/2009 6:48:33 PM
awesome Pat! simply awesome. affirmation perhaps...but great writers are that even without the notariety...but thank God for the notariety, lol. Great work I'm sure. Congrats and much more success for the future. Thanks for sharing your words with the world...and the www.

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