Hi everyone. Welcome to the chronicle of my grand adventure in self-publishing. And congratulations! If you’re reading this, that means that you’re one of the first people to discover my page, and possibly to read and buy my book. This makes you either A) a hipster, B) one of the cool kids, C) really bored, or D) all of the above.
For those of you who don’t know me in real life, let me give you a little bit of background. My name is, of course, Jen. I’m a history nerd, with a thing for Napoleonic naval history, medieval Europe, and the bizarre little oddities of pre-modern daily life. Yes, I am aware that this automatically precludes me from category B. But, well, I’m a fantasy author, so I think that was pretty much a given in any case.
The Last Death of Tev Chrisini was my first stab at a novel. It came out of NaNoWriMo 2009 (please click the link if you haven’t heard of this awesome event), which was also my first year of participation. I have always been into reading fantasy and adventure fiction, but like most people, never thought I would ever get around to writing something of my own. In 2009 I decided to take the plunge, finishing the month with just over 50,000 words.
By May of the following year, I had written and edited the entire work, which tops out at around 150,000.
I thought that was pretty awesome. But, as most of you who have met me can attest, I’m pretty shy about my writing. I love to write, but I’ve never been too good at sharing, and I’ve never thought of myself as a “Writer”. I’ve never had the drive and the courage to put myself out there, with all the attendant criticism, neglect, and frustration that publication entails. Combine that with a couple of years of pretty rough personal circumstances, and I was sure that my manuscript would stay in the dusty recesses of my hard drive for all eternity.
So what changed? Pretty much everything, but that’s a story for another time. Basically, I came to the realization that I love writing. Like, really love writing. I’ve never wanted to be a starving artist, and it took me a while to accept the fact that my passions and my talents are all for things that fall on the “are you crazy?” end of the lucrative pursuits scale. But just because I can’t live off of it (until I hit it big and get myself a movie deal, that is) doesn’t mean I can’t do it. Doesn’t mean you can’t, either.
So here I am, giving it a go. My goal isn’t to get that movie deal. I’d have to write some paranormal, post-apocalyptic, violent teen love drama saga for that to happen, and that’s not a genre that holds much interest for me. My goal is simply to write good stories, create worlds where people want to spend some time, and hopefully make them feel like they’ve gotten their 99 cents’ worth. I only get a third of that, by the way. I’ve made about five bucks. I think I’m going to go buy that house in the Hamptons now.
Anyway, that’s the gist of it, for now. I’m planning to use this site for book-related announcements, general updates on the process of my new works, interesting tidbits, and what I used to call, back in the days of my beloved Xanga, “State of the Jen” reports. If you really can’t get enough of my overwhelmingly charming wit and wisdom, you can try following my stupid Twitter, or liking me on Facebook, although the only real use I can think of for my Facebook page right now is to link back to my blog posts.
Please take a minute to browse around the site (it won’t take you much longer than that), and check out the excerpts from my novels, if you haven’t already. I’m thinking about changing them every few weeks, so be sure to come back. I’d love to hear any comments, suggestions, questions, or critiques you might have. Thanks for stopping by.