This is how we do it
I know there’s a song with that line. But, since I primarily listen to country, that’s about the only bit I know.
If you talk to twenty writers, and ask them about their road to publication, you’ll get twenty different answers. So, I can only comment on me.
Like most, I’ve always been in love with the written word. I’m a voracious reader, devouring a novel a day (speed reader). About five years ago, after being a stay at home mama for a couple of years, I sat down one day and announced to my husband, I’m going to write a book.
He looked at me with a smile and said, “Go for it. You’ll be great.”
Little did either of us know how long and arduous the journey would be. I started a book, hated everything about it, and soon lost interest.
About a year later, the voices in my head demanded attention and refused to shut up. It took me a while to get a good portion down on the page. I still hated it, and tried to revise and revise those first three chapters. Finally, I found out about critique groups.
Those first experiences were horrible.
But with time and patience and great people, I began to find my way.
To date, I have completed 2 Urban Fantasy novels, 1 Paranormal Erotic Romance Novel, 1 Novella, and 1 final draft of a YA Fantasy. I have others in different stages of completion, I’ll get back to them eventually.
For about 9 months, I’ve been querying my UF novel. Sometimes there is good news, other times not so good. I have to take it as it is.
And now, I’m going to be published in Paranormal Erotic Romance. They’re even interested in buying more of my novellas, the continuation of the Burned series, and others that I have “In The Works”