August has been a month of beginnings and endings. THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING hit the bookstores on August 9th, beginning my life as a published author and ending the seven year process of birthing the book from first pages all the way holding the finished hardcover at a podium in a bookstore. It has been an incredible month, full of every emotion. And here I am, just days away from September, with one more change ahead of me—the end of my year on The Debutante Ball.
It has been an honor to be a part of The Debutante Ball. I am so grateful to Jennifer, Heather, Abby and Aya. How would I have gotten through this crazy year as a fledgling novelist without their support and insight? Who would I have laughed with, and cried on, and complained to? These are incredibly talented women, and generous and funny and kind. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this marvelous group.
I can’t thank you, the readers, enough for your wonderful comments and encouragements and sharing of your own experiences. It was great to get to know some of you, and I appreciate every tweet and share. Thank you so much for being a part of this thrilling year.
I hope that our sharing our experiences throughout this year has been of benefit to the writers out there who are a few steps behind us on the publishing path. We aimed to shed some light on the process. Best of luck to you, and don’t be shy—if you have questions or need advice, reach out to us, or to other published authors. If I have learned anything this year, it is that authors are kind people and they want to help.
All of my warmest wishes to the new Debs! Crystal, Amy, Lynn, Jenni, and Tiffany-I cant wait to read about your adventures, and I am looking forward to celebrating the launch of all of your books.
I am going to miss writing these Monday missives. If you would like to stay in touch, here are all the ways you can find me:
I post A LOT of pictures on Instagram, of books and baked goods and Boston, and other things that don’t begin with the letter B.
Come say hello on Twitter.
I blog about baking and post recipes on my tumblr Louise the Baker.
And I blog about writing and share goofy links on Goodreads.
If we were in person, I would be giving you a big old hug right now.
Thank you, friends. It has been an extraordinary year.
*I’m Not Crying is a section of our message board, where we Debs go to check in with each other behind the scenes. The section was inspired by this Flight of the Conchords video. It sums up exactly how I feel, finishing this last post. xoxo