As many of you may know I’m part of The Write Attitude group. As a member I have been relentlessly whipped by Edie to get my journey to publication story written so that it could be posted on the site.
I’d avoided it for several reasons. One: pure laziness. Two: I’m a procrastinator by nature and it just would not look good if, god forbid, I was remotely close to being on time with it.
Three: my story is boring.
But after much nudging and threats, I acquiesced yesterday and wrote my journey.
So without further adieu here it is, and I’m warning you, it’s boring.
Karin’s journey to publication.
It’s not a razzle-dazzle story. It isn’t a turn of luck, or a hardship case. It wasn’t one of those epiphany type moments when I knew what I had to do. Nope, mine was pretty text book.
I can sum it up in one word: perseverance.
I’m a goal orientated person. I set a goal and work hard until I achieve it. No secret formula.
Always a reader and a sometime dabbler in writing, I made the decision I wanted to be New York published almost 7years ago.
As a business woman first and foremost I drew up a plan. A map if you will on how I was getting to New York. I had a lot of work to do.
I spent several years honing my craft, hanging with like-minded people and constantly querying agents. I went to conferences when I didn’t know anyone, and made contacts.
My writing improved, I stopped getting form rejections and I met editors. I forged onward, and sold. It wasn’t until after my first sale I signed with my dream agent. And the rest they say is history.
My advice is and has always been, never, never, ever give up. Not if you want it. If you quit then you have no one to blame but yourself.
See? I told you it was boring. Tried and true usually is. But there it is. No secret formula, just hard work and perseverance.
Here’s the weird part of this story. After I sold and was sipping some very nice Dom in the hot tub with hubby I said, “So, what the hell do I do now?”
He looked at me kind of funny and said, “What do you mean what do you do now?”
“Well, I achieved my goal to sell to New York. What do I do now?” You see, I was so focused on the goal of selling, I hadn’t looked past that. I wasn’t sure at that point if I really wanted to continue writing. It’s a lot of work!
Hubby was thoughtful for a moment then said, “I guess your next goal can be to hit the New York Times bestseller list.”
I nodded. Sounded good to me. We clinked our glasses and I have been working furiously toward that goal since.
Now let me also add, during the pre-publication years there was frustration, anger, despair, hopelessness and more than once I questioned my goal. I am very fortunate. I have a husband who would not allow me to quit, and then there was the example I had to set for my children. On principle alone I could not quit. So by my hard work, and a little help from my family, I realized my dream.
So, for those of you in the pre-published stage of your writing, understand there will be times when you want to quit. When you feel hopeless, and all looks bleak. I’m telling you, if you work through it, you will realize your dream.
So, how goes the road to publication for you? There yet? Almost? Can see it on the horizon?