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Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

An Anniversary Celebration!

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A long time ago, when Me, My Shelf and I was just a little baby blog and no one really took me seriously, I met an up and coming Indie author named Tiffany King. Our friendship was instant, partly because we were both testing the waters of this world from two different shores, but also because it's virtually impossible not to get along with Tiffany. Today is our anniversary…seriously! 3 Years ago this month a great friendship bloomed. And while she has gone on to write and publish tons of great books, I have grown into a rather nice blog (if I do say so myself) a blog touring business co-owner and master swag designer for authors everywhere.

So for you, both my readers and hers, we have a guest post from Tiffany thanking all the bloggers out there for their hard work and continued support -  and then A GIVEAWAY! Welcome to our anniversary celebration!! Also we apologize that both of us are talking a lot. we just have a lot of feels..OKAY!!!

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FROM THE DESK OF TIFFANY KING

My thank you to Book Bloggers.

By Tiffany King

"Dreams do come true…Dream big." That is my mantra. I believe it with every fiber of my being. Dreams don't always come easy. They require desire, dedication, effort, sacrifice, patience, support, blood, sweat, and tears…I could go on and on. The point is you have to work to make your dreams a reality. My dream was always to write a book. It stemmed from a life-long love affair with reading. We moved a lot when I was a child, so books were my means of maintaining some sort of familiarity amongst new surroundings. Throughout many years and hundreds if not thousands of books, I always wondered if I could write something myself.

Three years ago, I took a leap into the complete unknown. After a little push from family members, I dusted off a manuscript I had kept hidden away for two years in a box under my bed. I didn't know exactly what I would do with it, other than I thought it was something my daughter Ashlynn might enjoy reading. So, I spent some time editing (slashing is more like it), rewriting and revising until I had a complete story I was happy with.

At the time, exciting things were beginning to happen in self-publishing, so I made the exhilarating, but scary as hell decision to publish Meant to Be. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and no clue how to get started. It was suggested that I check out social media to get a better idea of how to proceed. Being super shy and very insecure, I chose Twitter as the initial dipping of my toe into the scary water. The idea of posting 140 characters at a time was appealing, and I if I didn't like it, I could leave easily enough.

What I wasn't expecting was to find so many people who loved reading as much as I did. Everyone was so welcoming and I felt an immediate camaraderie, developing instant friendships. That was the first time I had come across book bloggers. I was blown away by the creativity and devotion I saw on some of the blogs. I always thought I was a reading freak, but the bloggers were absolutely fanatical. I had finally found my world. Not because they could help me as a new author, but because they truly loved reading, just like I did. It was never about finding people to help push my first book. As a matter fact, it was months before I even considered mentioning my upcoming book. I was too busy talking with my new friends about books I loved, books they loved, and books that made us want to scream in frustration.

I have learned so much from my friendships with book bloggers from asking endless questions on Twitter and soaking up lingo I never knew existed. Amazingly, there was always someone willing to answer my lame questions.

Eventually, the time came to release my book. I bit the bullet and asked some of my new friends if they would mind reading my story and maybe reviewing it. The idea was terribly frightening. I had no idea what they would think, but I trusted their opinions and respected the input they could provide. I chuckle now when I think about how scared I really was. Those book bloggers literally changed my life. It was through their reviews and support that not only did my book manage to find some success, but because of their encouragement, I continued to write. What started out as a pipe dream became reality because of the friends I was lucky enough to meet. I will forever treasure these relationships and I am thankful for the book blogger community that accepted me so graciously.

I want to thank Amber at Me, My Shelf and I for the opportunity to guest post, and to offer my congratulations on our shared anniversary. Three years ago this month, Amber started her blog*, and the first book she reviewed was my first book, Meant to Be. Congrats on your continued success, Amber. Big sloppy chocolate covered kisses from me to you!

*March 2011, my blog became Me, My Shelf and I – though it had a different name and existed before that

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2 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Happy anniversary to you both!

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