I’ll celebrate this day every year for the rest of my life!
Dreams really do come true. This day 4 years ago, I accomplished a major milestone in my life. I became Author Christin Webb. I self-published my first fiction novel, Enough Time. This book began the platform for my Passion Living Out Loud movement because I know without my passion and faith, it never would’ve been printed. It has been purchased by many readers nationwide and hopefully it’s message permeated the thoughts of all whose eyes it reached.
The same little girl that has been writing since she was seven saw one of her greatest desires come to life. Since the book’s release, I’ve learned so much, have had other work published in several literary mediums, transitioned to writing for film, and simply continued to follow my literary dream. There is so much more for me to do as an author and I promise myself that I won’t let this God given talent and passion go to waste.
The best is yet to come for those that do not sleep on their passion. Be inspired to follow your dreams, dismiss the perceived downfalls or slow movement, knowing that in perfect timing God works it all out.
To everyone that was a part of this dream; the journey, whether it was purchasing a book, writing a review, being apart of the book trailer, sharing info about the book, etc THANK YOU.
Today is such a great day for me! It’s my anniversary! On this day, exactly twelve months ago I officially became Author Christin Webb. It feels so good to achieve a goal that I spent over twenty years wanting. After all my excuses, fears, doubts, trials and tribulations, I finally stopped negating the possibility.
On September 8, 2012, I self-published my first inspirational novel, “Enough Time”. It’s what I consider to be my best written piece to date. And while it is fiction, it entails so many of my beliefs on life, it reveals some of my own experiences, and proves that redemption is always an option for anyone, including myself. 😉 I say its inspirational because once you get past all the drama and juicy plots, it has so much residue for inspiring moments of change and encouragement.
What do I want to do next? As relates to my writing, I plan on continuing by publishing at least two more books within the next five years. Five years to some seems like a long time, but I want to be sure to take my time, plan well and produce a good quality piece of work that captures my growth as a writer perfectly. I also hope to continue screenwriting. Writing and producing my first short film definitely ignited a new passion for me. I realize that I’m not limited to only a computer word processing system, blog, or paperback book, but I can share my written thoughts on screen as well.
Of course, I couldn’t have done this alone. There are people who have been in my corner, encouraging me, inspiring me, giving me opportunities and platforms and flat out supporting me throughout this process. Here are a few people I definitely couldn’t overlook when writing this update:
Wintrell Pittman (adviser on the entire book publishing process)
Sheree R Thomas (award winning editor that edited “Enough Time” and inspiration)
Brenda Joysmith (world-renowned artist and owner of Joysmith Galleries where my book release was held. I just appreciate being able to have my release at a memorable location)
Raf Valentino (film director/co-producer of the “Enough Time” book trailer)
Will Henry (producer of book trailer soundtrack)
Cornelius Brown (motivated me to keep moving and did a review of the first draft)
Linda Evans (supported me greatly through some tough patches)
Mario Reed (gave me insight to my marketing process)
Roger Pearson (created the book cover)
Ari Hotep (author headshot photographer)
The journey has been awesome and I look forward to what the future holds. I’m more confident in myself, my abilities, and my future! I’m going to continue living passionately out loud and maintain my own happiness. To keep up with me and what I’m doing next as the author, stop by my website: Author Christin Webb (www.christinwebb.com) today! Don’t forget to join the Passion Grind Movement and be active in your happiness. Check out a few pics of my journey from the last year!
This past week was pretty busy as I was preparing for an event that directly tied in with my passion. I was honored to be a featured author in the Author’s Pavilion hosted by the Pyramid Art, Books, and Custom Framing at the 2013 Sisterhood Showcase in Memphis, TN. During the showcase I was able to tell my story and share details about my fiction novel, “Enough Time”. The experience was a bit intimidating at first, as it would be the largest venue I’d been apart of as an author to date, but like most things I have to address, I took on the task head first and at the end of the day, I was SUCCESSFUL!
It’s moments like those at the showcase that confirm I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I love speaking. I love sharing my personal story. I love writing. I love networking. I love meeting new people. I love inspiring myself and others. And somehow I’m able to tie all of that together as Author Christin Webb! What better way to know that you’re headed down the right road than to see successes from your efforts.
I spent about four weeks before the showcase, preparing for the event. I filled out the appropriate documentation, I gathered thoughts in my head on what I wanted to share and how I wanted to approach my story. I had to create and prepare my marketing aids. I had to select what excerpts I’d read that would keep the crowd interested. My preparation even included the finest detail as to what I’d wear (all the women readers understand this concern). It all came together.
I had an opportunity to speak twice and solicit sales for my book. The first speaking opportunity was somewhat of a rough draft considering how I performed my second go around. Even after weeks of practicing I did have some nerves I had to shake off. Heck, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve spoken in front of people, I always get nervous. But after my first run through I knew exactly what to do the second time and I nailed it. The moments were exhilarating and left me feeling almost perfect!
Now that I’ve gotten past one of my largest venues for displaying myself as Author Christin Webb, I feel even more motivated to take on more venues, do more speaking, share my story to almost anyone that will listen. 😉 My passion is mine and it feels good. It’s the first time in my life I feel 100% sure about what I’m doing. That’s how I know I’m doing it right. That’s how I know I will be doing this for a while. That’s how I know. As I write this post, I’m still smiling, still basking in my moments from days ago knowing that the days to come can feel just the same!