I sit. I stare at the screen. My fingers are arched over the keyboard. My carpal tunnel is probably getting worse as I speak. But I'm determined to write. Sometimes words flow. Sometimes they don't. I have a pile of R forms next to my computer. My first one is framed. Some are good, some are bad. But you know what they mean to me?
The road to publication isn't easy. There are many stepping stones, so much to learn and improve upon, but after receiving R after R, it pays to keep going.
My success has proven to me my hard work has not failed whatsoever. I remember when the first time I opened my email from a publisher. Instead of, "We're sorry to inform you….", it read, "We'd like to offer you a contract."
The first thought that popped in my head was, "Are they crazy?" LOL.
You feel it in your gut it's a great story, you know it's one of the best you got, but you wonder why all those R's never understood. It's okay. Sometimes your voice and your ideas don't fit certain publishers, but when that one editor or publisher sees your potential and want to invest in you, go for it.
My very first publication happened in August with Decadent Publishing. I was shocked. Amazed. And I didn't feel published. Shoot. I still don’t feel published, but I love when I hear from my readers and they help dissolve my doubts and reassure me that my writing is going the direction it needs to be. Each book cover I receive, my dreams start to turn into a reality. I sit for hours and gush over that cover, the people on there that represent my characters that have been tormenting me for months, years, are finally real.
I've just received my fifth contract. Publication is not easy, but it's also wonderful when you reach the stage you need to be. It'll happen when you lease expect it. No matter how new or old of a writer you are, there is always something to learn, something to improve on. I'm only at the beginning of my career and I hope to make it big like the New York Times bestsellers and maybe be an international author someday. See, I dream big. You should too. *wink *
As long as you keep faith, keep perseverance, and motivation, it'll happen. It could be different for everyone, but most importantly, keep writing! You need to have stories finished and polished in order sub and move through the author process. Write, sub, and wait forever, maybe twirl your thumbs a little in between and definitely grow thick skin. Publication is controversial, but it's also what you make of it.
So where are you in your career? Where do you want to be?
Clarissa will be by later today to answer any questions you have. If you'd like to read my reviews of Love By Auction or Unforseen Reunion, please click on the links. Also, if you'd like to interact more with Clarissa, head over to her blog. Otherwise, please respond to what you've read here. And feel free to ask any questions you have. One of the reasons we're running these series is so you can have access to new authors and ask those questions that burn on your heart. May we all realize our dreams someday!
~ Camryn Rhys