Well it’s that time again. The third of every month I have to think of something new to talk about. Most times, I don’t have a clue but today is special. On the 3rd of March 2011 I got my very first acceptance by a lovely woman at Total-E-Bound and in a way changed my life.
Changed my life can be seen as a little extreme but I’ve always dreamed of being an author. A published woman, writing, what I love. On this day I will always look back and remember dreams can come true. This does sound a little corny, even as I’m writing. No true words can even begin to describe how I feel about my life.
I use to read through authors’ blogs about their acceptances. Advice and writing guides’. All of it. Seeing if there was some magical source that could make my work shine. What I did find out was there was no magical source. The way to being published is about hard work and perseverance.
As I sit here, I can recall everything as if I’m living it once again. I recall seeing the email and staring at it for at least five minutes. Worried in case it would hold another rejection. My head filled with possibilities. I began to figure for the longest time that I’d never get accepted. That maybe all those fabulous stories you hear about could be false. Then like all the other times I took a deep breath and opened my email. There was my first acceptance and yes, I’ve kept the email and that way any time I want I can open it up and look.
To all you aspiring authors, keep trying and learn your skills. I actually brought a grammar book and started reading through English booklets about the proper writing skills.
In the last year of being published has taught me many things.
1) Always listen to your editor (I’ve never stopped) they know what they’re talking about and if you don’t like what they’re doing, talk to them.
2) Writing is a constant learning curve. There is never a time when you know it all. You may like to think you do but I still don’t.
3) Accept the reviews that are less than pleasant. Books are kind of like marmite. Some people will love them, others can put up with it or some will hate it.
4) Other authors are out there and more than happy to help. I’ve met so many wonderful people through online social media and their help has been brilliant.
5) Keep writing no matter if you’re rejected. No one can take your dream away. You’re in control all the way.
Office Hours will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only because it’s based in Buxton—the place, I adore above all others—but because this is the story that was first accepted. Nathan and Anya became real to me and hopefully to my readers as well.
Thank you for having the time to come and say hi. In celebration of my one year anniversary I’ll be holding a giveaway. Leave a comment and I’ll give one person a free copy of, The Valentines: Robert. The first book in my vampire series.