Lianna Shen

let's be honest

One Day

One day, I’m going to get over my fear of rollercoasters. One day, I’m going to quit my job and start my own company. One day, I’m going to write a novel.

At some point in the past year, I decided to start doing all my “One Days”, today.

YESTERDAY, I submitted my first novel to Amazon’s KDP platform for self-publishing. The book is called: “A Chance of Clouds” ). Not to be mistaken with the children’s series “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”.

I started writing this novel in June, and it has been the worst thing ever for my social life. When my friend Adam came over to shoot the book cover, I realized it was the most dressed up I’d been in months. And I was still wearing slippers.

A couple things happened within the last 24 hours, since publishing:

-I was so happy to see my book listed as #8 on the Asian-American section of the Kindle store that I nearly cried. It’s very misleading because it’s based on downloads, and I did tell a few people to download it.
-Someone told me they hated my cover and I nearly cried, again
-I couldn’t sleep, worrying about what my parents are going to think when they hit the “sexy” pages
-I emailed Seth Godin, asked him what he thought about my editorial process, cited some criticism I had already received; he pretty much told me to get over it and start writing my second book.

Anyhow, will keep posting on the adventure ahead. And it seems a trip to Six Flags is in order. Right after I write my second book, that is.