I have been debating about whether to write this post or not, which is why it’s 7 days late in being published. Come what may, here it is.
At around midnight on August 10, 2010, My Summer of Wes appeared in Loose Id’s online store for the first time. In the first month, it sold over 500 copies. Every royalty statement I receive shows at least 5 copies sold each month. The reviews have varied between those who adore it and those who don’t…and it’s usually for the same reasons.
I was so proud of myself when I finished this book. Not even publishing it, just writing it completely and saying everything I needed to say. That I made Malcolm Small and Wesley Kinney “real” was my accomplishment. Then when Loose Id published it? My God. People wouldn’t normally call me bubbly, but I was friggin’ effervescent when this book came out. If you look back to my old blog posts from mid-2010, I think you’ll notice the sparkle.
I want that feeling back.
I’d like to say I’m going to get it back by releasing a sequel that shows you what happens to Mal and Wes after the end of their first summer together. But we both know I’m not done with that yet and you’re probably sick of hearing about my reasons why. I know it will happen…eventually.
Honestly, between last year and this, I was afraid I’d lost my writing mojo.
Then I finished a story for Loose Id’s Coming Out Days this October that has my editor dropping comments in the edits about wanting to cry with, scream on behalf of, or just cuddle up Truman Durant. And before that, I felt the pride again at just completing Your Biggest FAN. I started thinking that maybe I can do this. Like maybe my writing mojo was on vacation instead of just gone.
It all started with Mal and Wes, though, and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who’s purchased My Summer of Wes, read it, rated it, reviewed it, or told a friend about it. I visit it’s reviews and Goodreads page when I need to remember that I don’t suck. And while I might’ve written this book for me, you’re all the reason I’m still writing.