How All This Started

I can’t remember when I ever didn’t think it would be fun to write a book. The idea always lived in the back of my mind to be pulled up now and then to consider it again. But alas, wanting to and actually doing it are two separate entities!

Nearly twenty years ago, I had a good friend who had found herself in hard times. After an accident she lost her job and her will to carry on. Walking down the aisle in the grocery store one day, the idea struck me. My friend and I had talked numerous times about writing a book. Perhaps this was the time to actually do it. I naively thought we could get a book written together and published, so she would have an income. We tried to write it together, but our styles were just too different. I suggested I write it and she type it. I spent three months, practically night and day, hammering it out in long hand. She deciphered my scribbling and changes, followed the arrows to put pieces in the right places, and typed up the pages.

I hunted for publishers, found out how to summit a query, and mailed off the next best seller. Now all I had to do was wait for someone to accept my story and get the presses rolling, right? Meanwhile I kept looking into the publishing business and sending in more queries. To my surprise, all I got back was polite rejection letters in my self-addressed envelopes.

To my dismay, I found out that writing a book is only the beginning of getting a published book on the book store shelves! I told you I was naïve! As time went by, I got discouraged. I shared my story with family and friends who all thought it was great. What was the matter with publishers not to see it? My reader’s wanted more about my protagonist. I knew there was more to tell, so I wrote a sequel. I enjoyed seeing where the characters took me next. I loved writing the rest of the story.

By the time it was finished I had given up on the idea of publishing books, but not on my love for writing them. I got one of those new-fangled computer things and started writing short stories. What fun.

To be continued.

 

 

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2 responses

  1. For years now, I’ve been content to write the short stories I enjoy putting down on paper (or actually, in the computer) and share them with my family and on the Writers Web group on the Eons website. I can’t really say what triggered my renewed interest in getting published. I did feel I had learned a lot about writing over the years and could write a saleable novel. I decided to write a mystery/detective story and see where I could go with it.

    I thought traditional publisher first, and emailed my query and sample to a whole list of agents. I heard you just can’t get a publisher without an agent. That seemed like the best move. But, all my return emails were rejections. What’s a person have to do to get published these days? Of course, self publish.

    The hunt for information was on. I used the internet and got quite an education on self publishing and on the marketing part of being a published author. I found out it takes a lot of commitment, time, and work to fullfill my new goal!

    That’s where you find me today. My next step is to have my manuscript professionally edited. I’ve sent samples and requests for fees from editors and now I’m waiting to hear back from them. The other thing I’ve learned is that nothing happens fast in this book publishing business no matter which way you choose to go about it!

  2. I’ve been a busy gal! I now have my book, Inconclusive Death an Aaron Blake Mystery, on Smashwords.com. Yeah! If you’d like to see it and read a free sample here’s a link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243100

    I’m also working on getting a print version done on Create Space. One of these days it’ll be on Amazon.com. Now that’s exciting! I can’t wait to hold a real book, written by me, in my hands. Thank goodness for the new possibilities that self-publishing has opened up for all of us wanta-be published authors.

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