When I utter those words to a stranger, the response is immediate and predictable. "Really? What do you write? Where can I buy it?"
I elaborate by explaining I'm an aspiring writer in search of a publisher. Their hopeful expression quickly morphs into a wounded mask, as if I've victimized them with a mean spirited prank. "Ohhhhhh...." Disappointment fills the air.
They're disappointed because I'm not "famous". I understand. Who among us doesn't like to name drop once in a while? There's an invisible badge of honor that comes with having spoken to someone who lives in the public eye, often perpetuated by a trickle down process. "My cousin met someone who has this friend with a roommate who met So and So..."
I'm disappointed because this person failed to appreciate the agonizing days, months and years I've spent toiling over four completed manuscripts and multiple short stories. They know nothing about my active participation in RWA, ARWA (Austin chapter), SARA (San Antonio chapter), Kiss of Death, my critique group or the countless hours I've spent in workshops learning skills to improve my craft. The fact that an editor requested a full which led to a request for revisions means nothing because, in the end, it failed to produce a contract. I've written for newspapers, authored corporate newsletters, designed my own graphics and created respectable book trailers. But none of that is relevant because I'm not published. And because I'm not published, I must not be a "real" writer.
Well, I've got news for them. I'm a writer, damn it!
This blog is devoted to unpublished writers who strive for the day when they receive "the call", a prelude to the day when they receive "the contract", and a milestone on the road that leads to "the advance" or "royalty check".
We come from a variey of backgrounds and are motivated by a multitude of reasons. Serious writers pursuing a career. We may be balancing a full time job until we can happily promote our backlist, or struggling to find writing time as a stay at home mom. A few of us might be students juggling studies with the passion of telling a story, or a retiree who draws on a lifetime of experience to create an intricately woven tale.
Whatever brought you to this site...welcome. We'll share information and successes. (I refuse to mention failures because no one "fails" until they stop trying.) We'll discuss various avenues for publication, explore social networking, expand on ways to improve our craft and chat about marketing and self promotion. We may also throw in a few colorful topics just for fun.
Enjoy the camaraderie as we inch our way forward in search of publication. I look forward to chatting with you in the future.
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