Happy Friday Everyone!
You know what today is.
Another installment of Authors Blog Challenge.
This week’s topic is about publishing journeys. Authors get asked all the time how they started out on their publishing journey. Everyone goes on a different path in their journey.
I’ve always loved to write, my passion for it began when I took a creative writing course in high school. I feel in love with it so much that I decided to make it my career. Throughout school, I learned different types of writing. Everything from creative to technical to journalism.
Originally, I thought about going into journalism, but all that changed in the winter of 2008.
I had just graduated college and with the holidays approaching, I decided to take a little breather before I figured out my next plan in life. It was during this time when the idea for Going Home Again popped into my head. I’d never thought about writing a book, yet the idea wouldn’t go away so I decided to run with it to see what happened. About six months later, Going Home Again was complete.
Next came the challenging part, sending out the query letters. Every publisher had different guidelines so I’d send a letter and sometime a sample chapter. I was met with a lot of rejections. Of course, it devastated me and I was left wondering if I should give up.
Then one day I got an email from a small publisher, Romance Divine. They offered me a contract and after a few days of thinking it over, I signed with them.
I began working with my editor Gregory Causey on revisions and in February 2010, Going Home Again was released.
Afterwards, I began working on the first volume in the Westmore series. Once I finished, I began the process of sending out queries. Much like Going Home Again, Westmore was met with rejections. Of course, the rejections got me down.
But I wasn’t about to give up. One way or another, I was determined to get Westmore published.
It was around that time when I learned about self-publishing. I began doing some research on the subject. After debating the pros and cons, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing Westmore. As an indie author will tell you, it’s hard work self-publishing a book. You have to do all the work, everything from writing to editing to designing a book cover.
It was a challenge, but in the end seeing the book I created was worth it all. I loved self-publishing so much that I went that route with the other volumes of Westmore. Then when my contract with Romance Divine was up, I made the decision not to renew. I decided to republish Going Home Again as an indie book. Sure, it sounded foolish, but I thought it was for the best.
With many more projects on the way, I plan to self-publish every one of my books.
Looking back on my publishing journey, it was filled with its ups and downs. But along the way, I learned a lot. For one thing, I was a bit naïve when I decided to publish my book. I imagined it’d be like in the movies. A writer immediately gets picked up by a publisher, then they go on to make millions. Hollywood makes it seem so easy, but it’s not.
There’s a lot of hard work that goes into publishing a book. At times, it can be tough. But would I trade it all in?
Despite the challenges with publishing, I have learned a lot from the people I’ve met. Thanks to them I’ve gained new insights on writing, editing, and promotion. I’ll be using these tips as I continue on with the next step in my publishing journey.