I do not think I can call myself new anymore, even though I still feel new. I started writing in April this year so six months now. I am still not sure if I can call myself an author or not considering I went the self-publishing route instead of doing the brave thing and looking for a publisher. I hate being told no and felt self-publishing was the safer option for me and everyone else. It is only after I published that I realised that there was far more to being an author than just writing. Marketing and promotion is not my strong point. I am more a numbers person than a charming peoples' person. Oh and I do tend to ramble on at times. My advise when I do is just to smile and wave and act like you know what the hell I am talking about.