Back in November of 2010, I self published my first novel.
A silly little rom-com that I'd been working on during my undergrad and through graduate school, Textual Healing was a book I had a great time writing. It was a love letter to a lot of people in my life, with characters I named after people and places I adored throughout the story. When I couldn't find a literary agent or a publishing house to take it (though it was close!), I decided to put it out myself. Tim designed the cover, I had some friends look over the copy, and off it went.
The results were fun! I had an awesome release party with some of my close friends, the book got some nice press locally and from book bloggers. I gave a reading at Penn, a talk at Arcadia. It introduced me to my pal Peter, who wrote a song inspired by the book. My pal Jay did too. And so did my friend John Landers.
Man, I need to post their music up here soon.
Also, it helped me introduce my writing to colleagues, and taught me a lot about the world of publishing. Especially what's required of an author. I wrote a post about what I learned, which still gets a lot of hits, here.
However, the book was full of typos, grammatical mistakes, and lots of other issues. And now that people are coming across my writing with The Geek's Guide and my YA novel, they're coming across this book with all its errors. And the reviews are... not good. Which is totally understandable. And it isn't really an accurate representation of my writing anymore.
So, I'm taking it out of print with AuthorHouse this month.
Not quite sure what'll happen with the book after. Maybe I'll get it re-edited and re-packaged, and release it as a free Kindle book. Or maybe my agent and I will pitch it around again. Who knows! What I am going to do, is order a box of them just to have and to send to people. So if you'd like to request a copy before it goes away, let me know. You can email me at email@example.com, and we'll figure something out.
And to my friends and family who supported this little novel, thank you. It had a good run, and you helped make it. <3