Singing those old Writer’s Blues!
Thank you so much for hosting me, Debbie Lynne. I’d also like to thank you for helping so many authors promote their work over the years. It’s been quite a few years since I met you as part of an online group of historical fiction authors!
Many authors may have heard that we are likely to put ten years into this career before becoming published. That number has certainly changed by the accessibility of self-publishing. But I have to agree that it takes years to really be ‘halfway’ ready for publication. I admit that year after year, I’d look at my writing and see room for improvement in what I once thought ‘pretty good!’.
To write for a traditional publisher is a dream for most authors. But it takes getting a foot in the door and the percentages are extremely low. First—find an agent. Not easy. They are not going to take on the work unless they are very sure they can sell it. Then, on any given day, an editor may give that work a glance and turn it down. Why? Because she just bought something similar, or it’s not a genre that’s selling to their customers… etc. Publication is just as much timing as it is quality.
On my journey, I grew weary. Opportunities seemed to come and then disappear. For unpublished authors, most editors want to see a completed manuscript, not just a proposal. After spending six months or a year, or more, on one story, the editor’s hurried assessment can quickly end the dream.
I began to see writing as a bad relationship. I put effort in and received nothing back (or so it seemed). I worked full time and I wanted to spend time with family and friends, but writing meant spending a day at the computer instead. So, I stopped writing. Except I wasn’t ready to give up the writing life. I thought about stories, I loved hearing about what my writer friends were working on—in other words, I still thought like a writer.
But I sure enjoyed being ‘a normal person’ for a year or so.
Until I was offered a contract on an old project!
That was a couple years ago and since then, I’ve published novellas with two small publishers and have a novel coming out with another later this year. It’s just as difficult as I remembered! But the separation period was helpful. I don’t have any real suggestions for new writers as to where to draw the line in priorities. It’s difficult. If you’d like to be casual about writing, and set your own schedule and publish on your own, you’ll have control over your so-called free time. But you’ll still have to market if you want more than your friends and family as readers. If you’re determined to succeed, this is a great time to be a writer! But the massive volume of writers publishing digital books means that it’s very difficult to be noticed. Today’s writers are also marketers. And most authors don’t like that one bit!
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I’d bet that most authors have considered throwing in the towel. Let’s chat! First off—what do you think of all the baggage we carry around with us? I’m talking about the umpteem ways we try to connect with readers as evidenced by the above paragraph. Crazy, isn’t it?
I’d love to hear from new, and experienced writers, as well as meet new readers! I’m giving away a digital boxed set of my latest release. Why Not, set in 1914 Grand Canyon Village, is one of the nine novellas in the Valentine Matchmaker Collection from ForgetMeNot Romances.
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Love Puts These Two On the Edge!
Grand Canyon, 1914 Society girl Amber Wynott’s wintry escape to the Grand Canyon provides a chance to pursue her dream and prove she has what it takes to be a successful architect. It doesn’t take long to realize the incredible scenery can’t hide the simmering anger between ‘railroad money’ and the struggling locals.
Which side is master builder Stone Morrison on?
Amber has met her match in the handsome, hard-headed man. He’s been directed to keep an eye on her, but when iron meets iron—oh the sparks! As their unlikely old matchmaker tells them, pride goes before a fall, and this is a bad place to fall. Will danger finally knock some sense into the pair?