One year ago today, I published my short story collection, The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales!
The Crow’s Gift contains many firsts. It holds “All the Pieces Coming Together,” the first short story I wrote when I got back into writing seriously. It was the first time I collaborated with Doug Puller, who designed the cover and formatted the book; and the first time I worked with Evelyn Duffy, who edited the collection. It was the first book I put together, as well as my first short story collection. It was also my first venture into self-publishing.
That final first (an oxymoron if there ever was one) was probably the most nerve-wracking. I’d only ever shared my work amongst a few friends, a couple family members, and teachers. I’d never put something out into the world that was out of my hands when it came to who would buy it and read it.
It’s been a great experience. I’ve loved seeing people’s responses to the stories in the collection — especially when friends and family send me pictures of, and tweets about, crows. I’ve also gotten less nervous about collecting my work and putting it out there (just less nervous, though — not free of nerves). And, I’ve stayed inspired to keep writing more.
Thanks to everyone who’s purchased and read the collection, and who’s shared it with their friends. Your support means the world to me.
If you’d like to buy The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales, it’s available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.
If you’ve read the collection, please be sure to review it on Amazon.
And if you want more short stories, my next collection, Wither and Other Stories, will be out on October 9, 2018.