Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Road to Publication: Slow Going

I added a new label for the blog called "Road to Publication" and tacked it onto a few of my previous posts. As an aspiring author I love to read about how other writers made it to the big time, i.e., a book on the shelves, as we say. Now, frankly, it's not been a very successful week for me. A couple of editors have already passed on the book, and I'm having serious doubts about its place in the publishing world. But as Felicity pointed out today, rejections are part of the journey. Every author has them somewhere in their past. And as much, much, more fun as it would be for me to wait until I'm an actual author and then look back and tell you the story, I figure it will mean even more if I document it along the way. So that's what that label is all about.

Now, the moment in my day that made up for this very slow and tear-filled road:

From Drew: Mom, I hope my daughter grows up to be like you someday. Because I can't imagine any person who would be more helpful to the world.

(I am not even kidding, People. Get yourself a 7-year-old immediately).

17 comments:

Cheri said...

Could I borrow your 7 year old?? I could use some sweet comments in my life! :-)

Widney Woman said...

He said that? And he's not paying it forward? Wow!

serenity said...

I don't know about paying it forward. He certainly knew he was giving me a very thoughtful compliment, and the only thing I can figure is that we had just been at the grocery store and were discussing why I use the reusable bags. So he may have been saying that I'm helpful to the earth. :)

Molly said...

Ugh, could you just BURST from the joy filling your soul from that comment?!?

Kathy said...

Drew is so right. I often think that same thing about you. :) But I hadn't even imagined yet that you could have a granddaughter taking after you someday! Now that is something worth growing old for.

Anonymous said...

Serenity, Have you considered self-publication? Check out www.createspace.com. It is a subsidiary of Amazon. I now of people who are doing this and getting results.

Tracy Pingel

serenity said...

Thanks for the tip, Tracy!

And to Molly, yes, heart bursting all over the place.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, Serenity. Dan and Felicity might be interested in this site as well for their music. Would you share it with them?

Tracy Pingel

serenity said...

Absolutely.

lotusloq said...

I'm traveling the same road as you: trying to get published. I'm much more savvy about the publishing biz from when I started. Nathan Bransford's blog has helped a lot. Don't you love it?

I have a 7 year old too. She says the sweetest things like yours. I love seeing myself through her eyes.

I'm enjoying your blog. I think I'll stay a while.

Lois

serenity said...

Yes, Nathan does a great job of informing us yet keeping us inspired, and he even makes us laugh in the process.

Bonnelle Pagel said...

Serenity,

I just have to say again how much I enjoy reading your blog. You are a great writer no matter how many rejections you may encounter. At the writer's conference I went to they said that rejections are just a part of the process and in that process you become a stronger and better writer. Hang on and Jesus will get you there... in the mean time, keep on doin' what you're doin'! =)

Love,
Bonnelle

PS...it was so great to see you at Charity's shower!!

Anonymous said...

Would you look at that, I was just telling Mom that Drew is very intelligent and CUTE, and then I see proof in print.
Rock on Drewby!
luv
Tiff

Anne Dayton said...

Even without having met you in person, I know Drew is probably right. Don't lose hope! You are a beautiful writer.

serenity said...

I don't think I can lose heart after all, despite a close call this week. It's impossible to, though, with such encouragers! Thanks for popping by, Anne!

JaxPop said...

First time commenting though I read your posts often (& I'm not some whacko either) - Don't get discouraged. Your blog is thought provoking & very well written & I'm sure that your writing is top notch. My only suggestion is to start another project while this one makes the rounds (if you haven't already). Take it from this old goat - it'll all work out the way it should. HIS timing is always absolutely perfect.

By the way - Becky's book is really awesome & she's a terrific person besides. I hope she pulls your name from the hat. The story will make you smile. Hang in there.

serenity said...

Thank you, JaxPop! I hope I win Becky's book too, although I'll certainly buy one otherwise.

I'm glad you commented. Your advice and encouragement are much appreciated.