Writing & Publishing

Allow me to explain myself…

The real name of this blog should be The Path to Publication, I Hope….but that just doesn’t sound as good.

I’m starting this blog to document and share my journey of trying to get a novel published and sold in a bookstore near you. I’m a total newbie to the publishing world and I really don’t know what I’m getting myself into – although I like to delude myself that I do.

I’m blogging this experience because I need all the help I can get, be it help in the form of moral support or insider advice or connections…you know, the hook up, a guy who knows a guy. And I am looking to you, dear reader, to keep me motivated. I’m going to have to face a lot of rejection and a lot of self-doubt. I’m not gonna lie, it could get ugly. But if I succeed and I do get a book published, it could be a very beautiful thing. Except for the aftermath of the party I will throw if that happens….that probably won’t be a pretty sight.

Now, I’m in the very early stages of my process. If we continue on with the journey metaphor, I’m still sitting in the kitchen tracing my finger along the road map to figure out where exactly I’m going. Some may say too early to start a blog about getting published, but there’s no time like the present and if I held off on starting this I would convince myself not to do it.

My road map is a book I got for Christmas called “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.” (Hereafter referred to as The Guide.) The author of The Kite Runner said it was a must-have for the aspiring writer, so I feel pretty good about it, even though I never read The Kite Runner. Also in the book they use the guy who wrote 1001 Ways to Reward Employees as an example of successful publishing, and my boss has that book in her office. Although, if you ask me, she could stand to read through that bad boy again. Anyway, The Guide is a thick book and the authors seem to know what they’re talking about and I think if I do what they say I’ll have a good chance at getting published. At the very least I’ll know how not to get published!

I’ll leave it at that for tonight. I don’t want to make this too long and take up too much of your valuable time. I do hope you come back though. I’ll try and post to this as often as possible and I’ll do my very best to make it  entertaining. Thanks for reading!

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One thought on “Allow me to explain myself…

  1. Hello Jenn, I am a longtime friend and former classmate of your mother. I find your blog interesting in that it will become progressive, but also because I am a writer as well.Did you know that by virture of this blog you are indeed a published writer already?I have a novel or two in the works and eventually I will finish these projects and be a "published" writer just like you.I will do my best to follow along as your journey takes you through a world of exploration, hardship and ultimately success. My advice to you: Write on a variety of subjects for practice, but always keep your focus on your project. Write frequently!Terry Thornton

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