Legacy - My Pride & Joy
Updated: Apr 3, 2021
When I started the first chapter of Legacy, all the way back in May, 2018, I just thought I'd be writing a cool, fun story, where I'd learn and develop a whole bunch of new writing/character-building techniques, and then it'd end and I'd move onto the next idea. I never thought I'd be so proud of it by the time I wrote the last word. In fact, until now, I never let myself consider it an actual 'book'. Books are the solid, professional, paper things you find in stores and in libraries, they're not the messy collection of documents and notes you hoard on your computer, or in your notebooks. What I wrote has always just been a story. Admittedly, it was a very long story, but still a story nonetheless.
But books have to come from somewhere, right? Somebody has to make them, at some point in time.
And after more than two years of working on Legacy, I'm quite proud (and a little emotional) to announce that I think I've really made myself an actual book.
There's a few reasons as to why I decided to go down the self-publishing lane, as opposed to the traditional publishing lane, but after conducting research into comparisons between the two, I ultimately came to the conclusion that self-publishing would be more beneficial to me and my newly-written story. It means I'll have complete control over the whole publishing operation, and won't have to worry about combing through agents and publishing houses until I found one (if any) who would accept my manuscript.
Most of you reading this will likely be the people - the fanstastic, wonderful, inspiring people - who had been following the progression of Legacy since (or close to) the moment I first started publishing it on Wattpad.
I know Legacy isn't even published yet; in fact I'm still working on the rewritten draft, but it's so close, now that I'm getting everything ready, that it feels so real, and I couldn't imagine anyone else to share this (vastly approaching) moment with, than the ones who had been there since the start.
You were the people, after all, who gave me the confidence in my own writing to consider turning my story into a book in the first place. By telling me how much you enjoyed it, every time a new chapter came out, you gave me hope that Legacy was worth publishing professionally, and I don't think there are words in the English language that can describe how much I appreciate you for that. I'm here, right now, writing this blog about publishing my story, because of you.
Now... if you are a previous reader, the version you've become familiar with is going to undergo a few changes. Good changes, that is, no need to be worried. All of the characters you know are staying as they are, and the plot will follow the same line (with exception of maybe a few new twists and turns?) I will have to cut out/replace a few scenes, but I believe it'll ultimately help to make Legacy more polished and professional. I've learnt a lot about writing since I started, after all, and I intend on using that to improve the final draft of Legacy as much as I can.
Honestly, I wouldn't even mind if Legacy only ever sells one copy. I mean it'd be absolutely lovely to see how many it could sell (a long-time dream finally coming true) but this whole experience has been such a wonderful, enlightening learning curve, that it would have been worth all the work, anyway.
Thank you so much for paying my site a visit, and giving this post a read, and I'll be sure to keep you posted on the progression of Legacy's publishing adventures, so be sure to stay tuned!