One Month Anniversary of Soul Stealer’s Debut
I am so excited to be here at Night Owl Romance nearly one month to the day of the release of Soul Stealer, from Samhain Publishing. And to find out it is a Reviewer Top Pick? I'm throwing confetti and giving you all a slice of virtual chocolate cake.
One of the questions I've heard recently is—was getting published all you thought it would be. My answer? No, yes, sort of.
Let me explain. I've been writing stories for over twenty years and working my tailend off to get them published for the past five. When I first started dreaming this published author's dream it went something like this:
I sit down at the computer and lovely, thought-provoking, intelligent, heart-touching words effortlessly flow onto the page. The number one agent in the world reads my first draft and begs to represent me and my undeniable greatness. The next day I sign the publishing contract and deposit my six-figure check while the Publishing House sets up a round-the-world book signing tour with stops in Greece, Rome, and Barcelona.
Yeah right. Sorry, folks, it doesn’t work that way, and never will.
To my utter surprise, I found out that getting published is…what’s the word?…HARD. After being smacked upside the head with the gruesome truth I put away my notions of over-night success. Such a beast, like Big Foot, might exist, but is too hard to pin down and probably stinks in person.
Let me tell you what worked for me. I stopped dreaming about success and started fighting for it.
To be a contender, I knew I had to put my butt in the chair every day except Sunday. That’s six days a week, even during holidays. Writing two pages a day, I can generate an entire manuscript in four months. Four months, people! Writing mostly is pure joy for me, but many days I grappled with the words and wrestled them onto the page. Every step was a badge of honor, a demon slayed.
Any true fighter will tell you, they practice, workout, sweat. Writing is no different. I needed to hone my talents, sharpen my skills and get educated. I took classes, went to conferences and joined writer’s forums and associations. And I read lots and lots of books, studying how authors grab me by the scruff of my neck and yank me into their stories. I appointed myself an apprentice and learned.
The one key weapon writing warriors told me I needed in my arsenal was determination. Every rejection was a slap, kick to the gut, knock to the ground. I had to learn how to get up, dust myself off and head back into the battle. You can't win the war if you quit. I was determined to succeed.
And I did. Soul Stealer, Night Owl Romance's Reviewer Top Pick, is available from Samhain Publishing. My second novel from Samhain, Catch Me in Castile, is coming August 2009.
So was getting published what I expected? Not exactly, but I tell you the wait and the struggles have made it oh so very sweet.
I'd be happy to answer any questions about my debut novel or writing in general.