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_ John Lennon, Paul McCartney and/e Ringo Starr; The Beatles; Filming of the Movie A Hard Day’s Night/Filmagem de A Hard Day’s Night; “Fan Mail Scene”/“Cena das cartas dos fãs”; March 12nd 1964/12 de março de 1964.

_The Beatles, drinks and food/Os Beatles, bebidas e comida.

_Source/Fonte: Solo Beatles Photos Forum.

Happy 10th Birthday, The Line!

While I realize Tumblr is not so active these days (I blame you, Instagram), it is where I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know many in the marching community and I thought it was an important place to celebrate this little accomplishment.  It was 10 years ago today that my first book went live.  I was nervous and excited and so motivated.  In the years since then, I have lost touch with Lucy & Co., but am always optimistic that one day (somehow) a new audience will rediscover the gang (or enjoy my other two standalone titles).  My experience with The Line taught me a lot about self-publishing (plenty of do’s and don’ts) and about myself and I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed!

Is it a perfect book?  Nope!

Has my writing changed since the first draft in 2005?  You bet!

Has the novel connected me to tons of amazing people who I never would have met?  Definitely!

There are definitely things I would change, but The Line also set me on a path of being an author which has introduced me to some fantastic individuals. 

And so, while I work on my next YA novel (the first draft of Book 2 in a steampunk trilogy), today I wanted to pay homage to my silly little YA marching novel and all the people I’ve met along the way.  Thank you for your support (it’s meant everything).

(This is a photo of me, 10 years ago, receiving my first copy of The Line… You can’t tell, but behind that book is a giant smile).

All the best,

Courtney