Yesterday, I finally released Looking Back on Forever. Yay! I want to thank everyone who helped with the release, who critiqued the book, and those who took the time to read it before its release. Thank you.
A release is nerve-racking. In prior releases, I never hit publish. My husband did it for me, because I felt like I would puke if I did it. This time, all I had to hit was pre-order, knowing I wasn’t immediately sending it off into the world. That made the experience so many times better.
I hope everyone who reads Looking Back on Forever will feel what Claire and Noah feel; cry when they cry, laugh when they laugh. That’s all I want out of this book. Like Claire, I just want to give emotions. I hope to give you a respite to everyday life and let you escape into a life that is full of hopes and dreams. However, I will admit that Claire and Noah’s story isn’t filled with good times. Part 2 is a roller coaster ride that will (hopefully) crush you and piss you off. If it does, then my work here is done. You’re welcome. ;)
Looking Back on Forever is done, finished. I am not touching it again. Probably ever. Once it’s published, I am letting go, which is so sad because I adore Claire and Noah. They are my babies, and I don’t want to leave them. However, I am already outlining another book that will have Noah and Claire in it, but I have no clue when I will get to it. There are two, maybe three, other books I want to work on first.
I just completed another read-through (like the 4th one), and I love it just as much now as I did when I wrote it. I did manage to make a lot of cuts, but they don’t take away from the book. I hope.
After a long discussion with an author friend, I decided not to go with an agent. The horror stories I heard … Yeah, I don’t want to go that route. No thank you.
The book is completely formatted now. I’m waiting to get my paperback proof, and I’m waiting to hear back from a virtual book tour blog to set a release timeline. That’s where I am now. It’s a waiting game. Feels like all I have been doing is waiting, but I prefer it this way instead of rushing and sending out a subpar book. I can’t do that to Noah and Claire.
Levi and Lucia are next! I can’t wait to delve back into their world. Once you read Looking Back, if you think what I put Claire and Noah through is bad, you haven’t seen nothing!