Things I've Learned This Week
This week has taught me a lot as a writer. I'm not talking craft or business...but about me. The person I am and have to be as a writer. That probably sounds odd, so let me explain.
I started this week as my usual introverted writer self, hoping some fabulous agent or publisher would pop out of the blue and offer me a contract. (Okay, so I'm still there on that one, but I know that's a crazy dream that I need to give up!) My sad little book sits on Amazon at the bottom of the sellers' rank, and although I've been told not to pay attention to that, I do. Honestly, it can be discouraging at times.
But on Tuesday, I stepped out of my world to attend a learning session provided by Pikes Peak Writers. I've posted about them before, and I will post about them again. They are a fantastic group of writers. They are supportive and interested in helping those involved grow. The presenter spoke about using social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter, to promote yourself as a writer...not just your book. The insights were most helpful. I never would have thought to do what this person suggested. And it's worked! I am amazed at what's happened over the last few days. Not only have I pressed out of my comfort zone to reach people, but I'm discovering more about myself as a person.
On Wednesday, I went to a critique group, also sponsored by Pikes Peak Writers. (Seriously, awesome group!) The folks around the table encouraged me and gave me constructive feedback that I can apply to my writing. Just spending time in their presence, listening to their critiques of each others' works...I just soaked it in. Love my time there.
Today, I received a rejection from a pretty major publisher. In the past, I probably would have cried. (Okay, I have to admit, a couple of tears leaked out...) I would have been quite discouraged. But this person offered such insight that I felt inspired. I've been stuck in these stories for the longest time, I couldn't see past them. I know I'm not a perfect writer. I still have lots to learn. But I'm also confident that I'm not on the bottom rung. So I'm taking this rejection and turning it around. It's a launching pad for my career.
Looking back, it's been a good week. I've grown as a writer in many different ways. And I plan to continue to do so. Just hope you'll stick with me until I can find that one person in the industry who believes in me...
...which reminds me...another thing I've learned this very day...Rise of the Guardians is a fantastic movie!
Blessings, my friends.
6/21/2013 01:25:15 pm
Keep your chin up! You are an amazing writer and I believe it's only a matter of time till things break loose for you! My mother is 80 and is in the final stages of publishing her first book. She's been getting the same kind of information from her publisher and has started a blog, is on Twitter and opened a FaceBook page to help promote when the book is released. I have such huge respect for writers! It's a really tough world to break into!
6/21/2013 03:04:34 pm
Thank you for your words of encouragement, Teresa! Your mother sounds like a firecracker! :)
6/21/2013 01:43:04 pm
ashely-- all I can say at least you have a 'sad little book" which means your on the mountain path. I envy you. I am lost in to foothills of that mountain. I have yet to finish a story or the real corsage to share with any one what drivel I have written, Thank you for sharing your week w me ;)
6/21/2013 03:06:26 pm
I have faith in you, man. You have so many good things to share!! Thank you for lifting my spirits. :)
6/21/2013 02:04:56 pm
I cried a lot when I got my first rejection, when I got my second one I honestly didn't cry. I know that God has my back and even now I'm dealing with some fears about my book which is yet to be released. It's hard for me to look at successful authors who write smut and erotica and I envy them. Sometimes I feel inferior. But I shouldn't. I'm going to be a great author and I know that in time those publishers who rejected me will regret it. Ashely you are an awesome writer and you motivate me and without God and people like u I'd quit. You are a masterpiece who writes masterpieces and those publishers will be drooling for your amazing god given talent. Keep your chin up and keep going. You're closer to victory than u think.
6/21/2013 03:08:34 pm
Oh, Elmer - you don't know what a special friend you are. I'm so glad God brought you into my life. You're a wonderful encourager, all the while working on your own amazing story! Thank you for cheering me on! I appreciate your belief in me and my stories! I know you're going to be successful, too!! :)
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