It finally Happened!!!!! (Subtitled: My BIG News)

Hello, my three loyal readers. Are you sitting down?

I hope so, cause I’ve got news!!! Do you have your dancing shoes on?

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It finally happened!!! I GOT A BOOK DEAL!!

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I KNOW, Right?? For so long, it seemed like it would never happen. But I learned something….And now that I’m on this side, I am going to share it with you…. Lean close now, cause it’s a closely-kept industry secret they don’t really like to share. It’s how all these big-time writers get rich and famous, and it all comes down to ONE word…… You ready?

PERSISTENCE.

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That’s right, guys. NEVER. GIVE. UP.

If you believe in your writing. If you want to be a published author. If this is your dream….Keep going. Keep learning. Keep getting better. And it WILL HAPPEN.

I am a perfect example of how it can happen to anyone. I don’t have an MFA. My degree is in science. I didn’t write for years, while I raised a family and lived my life. But when I decided to set out on this excruciating adventure, I never gave up.

Now don’t get me wrong. It is a painful experience. There were times when I wanted to curl up in a little ball, hide from the world, and never write again.

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The querying experience is one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I didn’t have one of those fairy-tale querying journeys where I sent out my first draft and had ten agents vying for my book. Nope. I got crushed under a lot of boots before I finally got there.

For me, the best thing I ever, EVER did was find a wonderful group of writer-friends who helped me learn. Who taught me both the craft and the business of trying to be an author. My friends at the SFWG….You know who you are…Led this newbie writer by the hand and taught me so much, I can never repay them.

But I try. Every day.

Those are my two biggest pieces of advice for any of you out there who are reading this, and working toward the same goal.

1) Find a great writing group, LISTEN to them, LEARN from them, and always, always GIVE BACK.

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2) And most importantly…..

Never give up. Never Surrender.

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London Part 2

Hello dear readers,

I hope all three of you are having a lovely week so far.

(Especially you, Mom!)

 

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Last week, I wrote a bit about my “time travel” experience, visiting historical sites in London.  And though no other place on earth gives me metaphorical ‘wood’ quite like London, with its thousand-year-old castles and abbeys, I actually most enjoyed myself at a place that isn’t quite on the Registry of Royal Residences.

(Not yet, anyway.)

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Yep, we took the VERY long trip out of London to visit the place where they actually MADE the Harry Potter movies. And it was way cool, ya’ll.

Rock on, Dumbledore

Rock on, Dumbledore

I’d been to Universal Studio’s, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and though it’s truly amazing…to see the place the films were actually created…well, that’s just another bowl of soup altogether.

As an author, for me what was so astonishing was to realize that every single display, costume, special effect and homage was once just a spark in an author’s mind….It kind of defies belief.

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From Harry’s “Room under the stairs” to the Deathly Hallow display, every single piece of this very large puzzle came together in the astonishing mind of one author. Honestly, I don’t even know that I can dream that big. Can you?

The coolest thing about this tour, is that every thing you see is absolutely authentic, and was used in the films.

 

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This is cause I kinda have a thing for Lucius Malfoy. So sue me.. He's hot.

This is cause I kinda have a thing for Lucius Malfoy. So sue me.. He’s hot.

But seriously…The image below was at the end of the tour, and brought tears to my eyes. Cause yeah.. Maybe–just maybe–we authors CAN dream this big.

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