Saturday, August 9, 2008

The first steps

Firstly, allow me to apologize for being absent. With my internet down until I could get a repair person out it made it difficult to get online. And I have had several full weeks with company, writing, and 'work', but I'm back now and hopefully will be able to post a little note next time I'm to be away.

Today I want to talk about something that I think everyone needs to know. There are many talented writers out there who have both the skills and the talent to write - what most don't have or have little experience with is the overwhelmed feeling when your career suddenly springs into full gear and you're standing there go "Huh?".

I was invited to participate in a very interesting and exciting series through one of my publishers and I'm delighted to do so. It was an unexpected honor to be asked and I wasn't prepared with anything more than a summary of the story I'd intended to write before I learned that it was 'invitation only'.

So now I'm learning how to walk the tight rope of self-imposed deadlines on not one but three novels! Yes, I said three. I've got a novel in the works for a submission call, the one I was invited to do, and another one that is a prequel to my Viking romance due out in March.

This means that I'm spending my time researching, writing, and when taking care of my family. Its also a good indication that I've taken the first steps to building my writing career and that my perserverence and dedication to it have paid off.

For those of you still taking that first step - submitting to a publisher, do it. One cannot learn to walk without a few fumbles. Believe in yourself and you'll see that you can do anything you want. There's always going to be someone there to help you while you're learning to walk, even if its a fellow author you've never met in person.