From Wildcats to Magic & Becoming a Published Author

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” (Little Gidding)” ― T.S. Eliot

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If you would have asked me a year ago today what I’d expect to be doing in a year, I can guarantee that my answer wouldn’t have been writing a blog post.  I probably would have answered that I’d be enjoying some time off from work with my family, reading or maybe working on some writing-not one of my work in progress, but writings.  Because a year ago, I never looked at my work as anything but something I enjoyed doing, nor did I consider myself an author.  But here I am!

I have a published book!   Some days I’m still awed by the fact.  A published book!  Yes, I did that!  I went out on a limb, took a chance and my dream came true.  Drive Me Sane was a story that simply flowed out of me. I immensely enjoyed writing it and my only hope was that a few others would like it just as much as I did.  Having 19 five-star reviews, 4 four-star reviews and 1 three-star review on Amazon, has by far surpassed my expectations and I cannot thank you all enough!

I have learned so much along the way.  A year ago, I didn’t have a blog.  My blog was essentially created so that I could write about my excitement and despair after Kentucky lost to UCONN in the NCAA championship game. Shortly afterwards, I got the news that Crimson Romance wanted to acquire Drive Me Sane and so, I took off trying to transverse the world of marketing (still trying, I’m terrible at it) and geared my post toward more writing/book related topics (I’m terrible at that too.)  I now have nearly every social media site available and although I’m better at keeping up with some more than others, I’m getting the hang of things.

It has been an incredible journey and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone.  For the friends I’ve made (Bill & E.L, you’re awesome), for those that follow along and listen to me ramble, for anyone who’s read my work or given advise when needed. I truly appreciate it.  I’m still learning, but I am moving into 2015 with another finished manuscript that I hope I can sprinkle some magic on and turn it into something that others will also enjoy.

Wishing you all a joy filled New Year! Never give up on your dreams!

P.S.  Big rivalry game today when the UK Wildcats take on Louisville Cardinals.  Two great teams but only one can win.  Go Big Blue!

Comments ( 7 )

  1. ReplyE.L. Wicker

    You've had a great year and absolutely should be proud of your amazing achievement! I never knew you started your blog because of a sports match - is it football? I'm not well versed in the world of American sports although our English sports channel has just started showing the superbowl over here. Yep, you've done so well in 2014 and I just now 2015 is going to be even better and I can't wait to dive into your manuscript head first :). P.S - You're awesome too :D

    • Replydenarogers

      It has been a good year. I can't complain and hope that 2015 is just as prosperous. My blog :) ... I had been teetering with starting a blog and then after that game, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I said what the heck. It's actually college basketball. Kentucky is widely known for it's basketball team and has won numerous championships. It's sort of funny how things work out. And thank you for being YOU! I know 2015 is going to be just as awesome for you as well!

  2. Replyrachelcarrera

    Dena, that is SO AMAZING! I'm so happy for you and I can't imagine how bursting with pride you must feel. Congratulations on starting your beautiful journey! I can't wait to hear what wonderful things are in store for you. :) Happy 2015! <3

  3. Replydenarogers

    Thanks Rachel. The excitement has worn off a little since the book released in July, but I'm still pretty proud of it. I'm just hoping that I can continue on this path and continue to grow as an author. And here's to wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  4. ReplyMary Rowen

    Happy new year, Dena, and very best of luck as you continue with your writing!

  5. Replywccunningham

    How I missed this, I'm not sure. Must be all the fun I"m having still playing Mr. Mom, lol. You have a lot to be proud about Dena and I'm proud to call you a friend. :)

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