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Writer-Talk Tuesday–A Writer’s Life for Me

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I have a lunch meeting with my editor and a marketing person from B&H today. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this. I never knew just how much fun working with a local publishing house could be!

For those of you who are published—what’s been the most exciting thing to happen to you since being published? How has your life changed since being published?


For those of you pursuing publication—what’s your dream for getting “the call”? Who would it be from (dream editor/publishing house)? Where will you be when you get it? Who will you celebrate with? How will your life change?


For those of you who are readers—what’s your idea of what it’s like to be a published author? What do you think the writer’s life is like?


Dream BIG. Let’s have some fun today.

  1. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 3:34 am

    At one stage I thought it was so much easier for an author but I now know its not easy. it takes alot of work, editing etc to get a book out. I think from what I see Writers dont sleep much alot are night owls (although a few like Ruth Logan Herne get up really early to write). they often have other jobs as writing doesn’t pay as well as I thought it would. I think you need to be able to shut yourself of from the world to finish a novel, edits etc.
    Speaking of which how is your first draft going for your second book?


  2. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:53 pm

    Kaye, I think it’s wonderful you are near enough your publisher to do that! I’ve often wished for the same. B&H is a great house.

    The most exciting thing for me post-publication? That has to be the people/readers/friends I’ve met through my books. It’s a humbling experience. Especially since I live in the woods and the nearest Barnes&Noble is 2 hours away. Friends here are just not that close/common.

    Life after publication is very different. I try not to lose sight of the blessings when overwhelmed. Publishing is work to me. Writing rarely is. Marketing just about kills me. Visiting blogs is pure pleasure but I need to stop and get back to work..;).


  3. Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:20 am

    Yes, Kaye, how are you doing and how’s the writing? 🙂

    I’m unpublished and struggling with the dream.

    Went to my first conference last year and, after encouragement from others, pitched to Mr. Marcher Lord himself (Jeff Gerke). I also took his 6 hour class, and my husband and I had our eyes opened to a level of editing we didn’t know existed. (Shocking for my husband who has a Creative Writing degree.) Now that I know about it, I see the signs everywhere. I guess Jeff just had a way of making it all make sense.

    Pitch went well (despite the serious frown on his face) and he asked to see the full manuscript after I rewrote a “boring” beginning.

    I realized the rest of the book wasn’t up to snuff, either and set about rewriting it.
    Fast forward almost 16 months and I’m still slogging through. I know that trying to elevate your writing exponentially takes time and effort, but this has become an overwhelming endeavor.

    The story is great. The words are the problem. 😉


  4. Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:20 am

    oh! i totally want to have my novel published. but the big thing for me is not the money i would make from it (because, face it, few people who don’t write vampire romances can write without having a day job);but because i want to see my name in print. it is my longest longest dream (that and finding out i have spider-man capabilities). of course i’d like my book to be published by bethany or tyndale or waterbrook; but any christian publisher who would potentially invest in my story would be awesome 🙂 i would MOST look forward to seeing it on a bookstore shelf somewhere. also, to hear what a reader thought about it—good or bad—- i don’t even mind bad as long as it showed a careful reading of the text. any one who engages with something I HAVE written! man! that would be so cool


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