So this year, my project was to publish a collection of poetry for others to relate to. I want use poetry to reach out to others and let them know that even life is hard, giving up is harder because of my own personal experiences. I decided to take this a step further and “hire” somebody to be my editor. I worked with her to edit my collection of over twenty poems, and her amazing feedback has allowed me to push myself.
I am currently in the process of finalizing all copies of my poems and getting them ready to post on the wonderful website known as SmashWords. SmashWords is a free publishing site for independent authors working without a formal publisher.
I originally planned that I would be published before the end of this semester, but due to SmashWords’ site maintenance and my busy schedule, not to mention upcoming finals, it might have to wait until the beginning of February. Even though I am not pleased with this setback, I am still very grateful for this opportunity to be able to be published.
Regarding my future plans relating to this project, I feel that I will be able to carry this newly found set of skills into my future and possibly publish another book or two. I have also gained so much priceless knowledge that reflects upon the work field. Nothing else could have prepared me for this, and I feel that I may have a leg up on others in my generation.
I truly cannot tell anybody if my book will be a success or failure, but to me, it does not matter. I have gained so much more from this experience than I will ever be able to return, and I am thankful beyond what words can say. So, for my final words on this journey, I will leave you with an original quote:
“You cannot open the book of life and expect to see words. You have to write them yourself.”