Now that I feel I can finally let 'Twist' go I'm diving into it's sequel 'Chosen'. I've learned so much. I know how to format an e-book, zip and unzip files, and I have acquired some pretty necessary Photoshop skills. I feel invincible in the self publishing world.
Given my competitive nature and obsessive need to be published I feel my entry into the 'published authors club' was initiation by fire. I'm not super tech savvy so for me it was a real challenge. I realize self publishing doesn't have the same cache as traditional publishing but if you put out a quality product, you earn the title. The only judges I answer to are the readers. They're the ones I write for.
If I didn't push myself to 'get it done already' it wouldn't have happened. If it wasn't for all the help and support from friends and family it wouldn't have happened (I'm still surprised no one did me bodily harm). If it wasn't for supportive writers and readers hounding me to push the button so they can finish what they halfway started, it wouldn't have happened.