Blood for Honor: Publishing Update

Hey, my peeps! Long time, no see–I know! But guess what?! Blood for Honor Ebook is available for pre-order on Amazon!

Book release day is September 26, 2022. Paperback will be available as well at that time. I am working with Ingram Spark to increase distribution to physical stores. Hoping I can get a presale going through them for the paperback before the 26th.

Head on over and join my Facebook group to stay up to date on everything that is going on in my life as a self-publishing author. Things don’t always go the way I want them to, but I am pushing through! There is now less than a month before 10 years of work is released and I’m still not sure how to feel about it!

I never set out to write a book when I started. It was really just something to do in my spare time because I couldn’t find any books I wanted to read at the time between college work. After I got pregnant with my son around 3 1/2 years ago, I realized I wanted to publish Blood for Honor.

I’ve gone against many rules you generally hear, the first being never publish your first book, but I don’t like to listen. They are more of guidelines than rules anyway if you ask me. I also created the cover myself, which is apparently a no-no, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It wouldn’t be the same if someone else did it for me. And I’m super proud of myself. I did it. I finished it. And not everyone can say they have done what I have done. It’s easy to say you’re writing a book, or are an aspiring author, but at some point, you have to finish the book or you haven’t really done anything except waste time, even if you enjoyed it.

For something that started with a Saturday off, a huge bag of Skittles, and a bottle of wine writing fight scenes, I managed to put together something I am proud of. Most people will never know of all the things that could have been, or all the things that were and died, but that just makes it more special to me personally. It has brought me to the point where I don’t care what others think, and that is huge for me. I have been a people pleaser my entire life. With Blood for Honor, I finally know what it feels like to not care as long as I feel like I accomplished something–that I can be proud of myself. Because in the end, it doesn’t matter what anyone says, as long as you can look yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and be proud of yourself–to know that you accomplished something huge and that people’s lives can be changed by what you have done.

But more important than what other people can get from it is what I got from writing it.

That being said, I really feel it in my bones that there are people that need to read this book, so I didn’t let anything stop me, even my own self. Even when it got hard. I went through moments of feeling worthless, unworthy, and completely unqualified to write a book (which I am, but your qualification doesn’t determine your call). I still did it. Stubbornness can actually work to your benefit, you just can’t let it control you completely.

Many blessings,
Emma Lee Joy
Soon-to-be published author…what?

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