Then at one of my random breaks during the day, I decided to check Amazon and lo and behold there was the fruit of my labor available for purchase. Nearly 7 years after I first decided to actually write the novel I had been talking about for longer than that it is up on Amazon.
When I first started writing I found myself sitting around thinking how amazingly great it would be if I could have a book available on Amazon. That was a while ago and I do feel a sense of accomplishment that I can go to Amazon (and soon Barnes & Noble) and see my book there, I have elevated my goals.
Now I want to see two (or three or more) books on Amazon and B&N. Perhaps the most immediate goal is to be able to walk into a bookstore and see it on the shelf. That, I will admit would be great.
However, right now the main think I want to start doing is writing on the follow up book. I've had a bit of creative block finishing the second book not knowing what the first was doing. In hindsight, this was probably something I should have handled differently. If I had just kept writing then I would likely have one book published, one in the proverbial can and then been able to focus on an idea I have been kicking about for another book. Never-the-less I'm happy with where I am now, but have learned that regardless of circumstances the easy answer to what to do next as a writer is just write some more. The product may be less than stellar, but at least you'll have something to edit and not be faced with an empty monitor screen!