Hello, my loyal readers. Are all three of you sitting down?
I hope so, cause I’ve got news!!! Do you have your dancing shoes on?
(Of course, if you’re sitting, you won’t necessarily need your dancing shoes…Hmm. I’m torn now..)
Oh well.. Sit or stand. Your call..
It finally happened!!! I GOT A BOOK DEAL!!
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?
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.
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.
2) And most importantly…..
Never give up. Never Surrender.