Author of the Shadow Jumpers series
I write this today hoping that it will be read, enjoyed and maybe learned from (Hey Pk or Carrie, you're welcome to make this a part of the ebook if you'd like).
There's something you should know. Actually, I recognize that pained expression; your brows knitted, eyes narrowed and nostrils flaring. I know what's in your hands. It's WHEN PEBBLES FALL, the manuscript you sent in to that contest thinking for sure they were going to be wowed by your writing prowess. Instead, you have enough red ink slashed through the pages to donate a few pints to the local blood bank. It wasn't a terrible story, just poorly executed given the circumstances.
Those circumstances will need time to change.
I know, I know. Patience is not your strong suit. Well, that is exactly what you will build very slowly over time.
By the way, it's okay that you delete WHEN PEBBLES FALL from the universe. Honestly, it served it's purpose as a therapeutic channel to deal with your emotions, especially those still needling at you because of your mother's death. But I digress.
For a time, you will distance yourself from writing, focusing on reading as entertainment and education. You learn to break a scene down to see what you like as a reader. And it isn't too long after that you find yourself grabbing a pen and notepad to start another story. I wish I could tell you things go right this time, but after you self-publish this manuscript, Secret Lilies, through Authorhouse, things in your life take another manic turn. Only this time, your writerly circumstances will make a change for the better and really buoy your passion for writing.
You'll have a rock star critique group of people who've published for years and have loads of experience. You also learn to take criticism of your work tons better than you did when you got WHEN PEBBLES FALL back and cried until your eyes threatened to pop out of your head. *note - whether in person or online, crit groups are truly beneficial*
Then, well, I guess that's why third time's the charm. You're going to participate in an A to Z blogging challenge that will lead you to writing a story you didn't intend. Sounds crazy, huh? I know, it kind of does, but it's not. You're going to love these characters and have your own thoughts and ideas on how you'd like to see Neverlove be brought to the world. Traditional publishing with an agent and a publishing house aren't removed from your mind, but self-publishing meets your desire to control the publishing process.
By the way, you suck wind at the whole "buy my book" schtick. You get better with patience...not so much with the marketing lol!
Okay, let me stop laughing at you - erm - me - uh - us and get back to the one thing that is truly important: Stay persistent, Angela, and stay true to your heart. No, you will not be the next JK Rowling. Trust me, the sooner you accept that the better, especially when that's the one name people will associate with you because of your similarities as divorced struggling single parents. That's where the similarities end. She has her own style and you have your own. Stick to being you, always, and never forget the reason for writing and publishing in the first place. Not for fame, fortune or best selling status, but for the passion.