1st Week Reflections


It’s been an amazing and humbling week, and I just wanted to say thank you for being a part of it.

Thank you times a million.

Thank you for giving Aya and Kiran and Brax a chance. Thank you for reading a little piece of my soul that’s been bound up in a book with a pretty green cover. Thank you for being made of awesome.

I’ve learned that the time around a release is really emotional. It’s the culmination of years of work, the merging efforts of dozens of people. It’s a lot of pressure to succeed, a lot of hope that this reflection of yourself will mean something to somebody, a lot of fear of failure. It’s a rush and a thrill, punctuated for me by moments of intense gratitude. This book would never have been published had my editor an agent not picked up Article 5. My first series never would’ve happened if not for the 10 years prior to it, writing query letter after query letter, facing rejection after rejection, wondering if this dream would ever be a reality. Holding The Glass Arrow in my hands I think of all of those things. All those times I quit. All the really good moments that brought me a step closer to my goal. So, yeah. It’s a lot.

I have been asked this week what the one thing I want readers to take away from the book is. There are two things. The first, like with any book, is that I hope that you enjoy it, and that it transports you to somewhere exciting, scary, and hopeful. The other is more personal for me. I hope that you remember that worth isn’t determined by another person or the size of your pants. That you are not only the way you look, but your achievements, your kindness, all of the good things inside of you. I hope you know that somewhere out there someone is rooting for you.

I hope you know that you are worth more than all the stars in the night sky.

Thank you for joining me on this wild ride.

Love, Kristen



7 Responses to 1st Week Reflections

  1. Petra says:

    Congratulations on the release. My copy hasn’t arrived yet, but it should soon. Look forward to reading it :-)

  2. Lori T says:

    This is one of the best blog posts I’ve ever read. You deserve all this success for all those many years of hard work. You’re proof that tenacity pays off and why people like me haven’t given up on that dream. Can’t wait to see you again! :-)

  3. Amber Elise says:

    Aww I live for author’s like your Kristen! Congrats on a successful first week! <3 I'm half way done with The Glass Arrow and I want to devour it and savor it all at the same time!

    I wish you all the success in future writing endeavors. And come to Chicago (actually no don't, it's cold).

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