Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Becoming A Published Author

Each step down the path to publication has been like learning to walk all over again. I have misstepped, more than once, I've stumbled, and yes I've fallen. But I got back up and despite my wounds and pain, I kept moving forward. There hasn't been a single step of this journey that has been easy for me (and I know it's the same for many of you) but the rewards that come with each fraction of movement forward have been worth every ounce of agony.

I read a guest article on Chuck Sambuchino's blog~from Writer's Digest~by the fabulous author Anne Fortier that inspired me. Anne talked about seeking out agents and connections on your own instead of relying on others to do it for you. The wisdom of this runs deep, trust me. While it may be about who you know, you really need to meet them and connect with them yourself rather than rely on someone else to recommend you. Anne's article is filled full of great advice on not only how to reach that end goal, but how to do it right. You can read it by clicking here.

After much trial and error, I have reached my destination of publication and I have the right people walking beside me. Those people are not only my Scribe Sisters but you, our followers and readers. There are also my Twitter friends, my friends at Author Heather McCorkle blog and Goodreads. You give my legs strength and keep my resolve up. Thank you to each and every one of you. Together I know we can reach our goals. Becoming a published author is all about surounding yourself with people who support you, and about not giving up.
 
~Heather

8 comments:

  1. Huzzah, Heather! I couldn't agree more. And I am so excited to see you achieve your dream. :D

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  2. Never, ever give up. Love that. And that is brilliant about the importance of making your connections personal. Thank you.

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  3. That's so wonderful! Isn't the journey life altering?

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  4. Tina, thanks. That means more than I can say. :)

    Linda, thank you!

    LM, it really is! My life has changed so much, and for the better!

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  5. Thanks Heather for your wise words. It's so true how the journey isn't smooth (unless you're one of those uber lucky people) and you need friends to stand with you every step of the way. Oh, and the connections don't hurt, either!

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  6. Heather, what a wonderful post. I think we've all stumbled and fallen, but to get up and walk is what makes you a winner. Never give up. Then you cannot lose!

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  7. The path to publication = learning to walk. I never thought of that, but it's so true! Congrats on your steps, I mean successes!
    erica

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