MY WRITING JOURNEY

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With all the fiction in the political scene, it probably would be more lucrative to put your writing skills into that market.

I’ve finished my mandatory 60,000+ plus words.  I’m adding a few more as I begin the editing process.  You can’t imagine my excitement as I saw the word count hit that mark.  It was liking watching the odometer on your car turning to 100,000 miles.  There’s a feeling of accomplishment.  There’s a certain amount of pride for reaching the goal.  There’s the anticipation of what comes next – fear of rejection and hope that people will love your work as much as you.

That fear of rejection has always been my nemesis.  I’ve written countless short stories, plays, poems, screen plays, blog posts and always come to that final pinnacle.  the time actually submitting my work.  I can’t push myself beyond wanting to get it done.  I know that the hardest door to open is my own, but  still fear the entire process.  Maybe it goes back to my eighth grade teacher’s discouraging words about my writing.  As I look back now, it could have deterred me from ever writing again, but it actually acted as an impetus to go on.  Even though there were a couple of wasted years because of it.  After many tears, self inflicted feelings of inferiority and lack of courage, I continued to write because I felt I had to.

I still wonder about self-publishing.  Is this the best way to market your work?  I’d like some feedback on that.  I self-published my biography a few years ago, but that was mainly for the benefit of my family and its history.  There is money involved in self-publishing as well.  When you’re a starving artist and married to one to boot, money is tight.

There are many of you out there in Blogsville who know a lot more about this process than I do.  I’d appreciate any help I can get.  In the meantime, I will continue the editing process and let you know how it’s coming.

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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13 Responses to MY WRITING JOURNEY

  1. Kathy ~ one of my favorite authors, since deceased, is Scott Pratt. I believe his first novel(s) were self-published and now his son is in the process of publishing a couple of his works that were in process. http://www.scottprattfiction.com/

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks Don. I don’t know where to start. My book is Christian fiction so I know the market is limited. It also deals with some pretty difficult life issues.

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  2. Maybe you’ll be nicely surprised and it’ll be a huge hit.
    My godfather self published—he had lots of books to give away… I think I have 4.

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  3. lynnabbott says:

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations on hitting 60,000 words! That is fantastic! And I’ll bet those are riveting words as well. I, for one, cannot wait to read your work. I know it will be a wonderful story. And that 8th grade teacher was foolish. You are a superb writer. I’m so glad that you didn’t allow that naysayer to discourage you! Love you, my friend! ❤ ❤

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  4. I say, go for it! Query the Christian agents and publishers. “If you don’t play, you can’t win!”

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  5. davidkitz says:

    Great to hear you reached the 60,000 word milestone. As for self-publishing or going with an agent here is a little advice from someone who has self-published and also has an agent. Aside from the cost of self-publishing it’s a rather easy route to go. Writing the book is the easy part. Marketing is the hard part. If you go with an agent and they find a publisher, you have several advantages, but even then you are expected to do a lot of promotion and marketing. This is a tough business for authors. That’s the simple truth regardless of which route you choose.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      So you don’t think self publishing can hurt you I. The long run? I guess if the author is doing all the marketing it doesn’t really matter if you have an agent. What do you know about amazon publishing? Thanks for the advice 🌷

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