I’m happy to tell people about this new book and to participate in #writerspersevere. This is my first post on my new blog, so it’s a very exciting day. Also if it looks a little wonky, I’m still tweaking it. Give me some slack. Please.
Life isn’t easy, and that’s been proven to me in many ways, but none like deciding to become a writer. Unlike most writers, I didn’t set out to publish. This all happened because I found an article about self-abuse, and I wanted to know more about it. My research was supposed to produce a short article. It produced a book instead.
I wrote Sliding on the Edge to explore the feelings I had after understanding some of the underlying causes of cutting or other self-inflicted pain. I never thought I’d sell it, but I did, and then I sold another, and then I was a writer. I actually started telling people that’s what I did. And that was a brave step because you know how the conversation flows after that declaration.
“Oh? What have you published?”
“Well, X, Y and Z.”
“Never heard of them.”
Is that familiar?
No new road is easy to navigate, so I plowed ahead, and anonymity soon became only one of my problems.
My first publisher decided that young adult books didn’t make enough money, so they dumped me and all of their other YA authors. We all had to fight for getting our rights back, and that was my first battle in this business. Many followed. Getting an agent. Figuring out that agent. Keeping up with marketing. Begging for reviews.
It has been non-stop , but what about carving out time for writing? That’s my current biggest struggle. That is where the perseverance comes in. Writing is a lot like heroin. Once addicted to it, it’s damned hard to stop, but when you can’t find a few moments without interruption to set down prose that makes sense and sounds right, you begin to think, “I can’t do this!”
Well, yes, you can. I quit just about every other day. Then I look back and I see that I’ve come from thinking about writing an article on self-abuse to writing a book about it. I’ve gone on to write The Princess of Las Pulgas, a book about rebuilding a life and stereotypes that hinder us. I’ve even tackled writing a book about neglect and illiteracy–Double Negative, and finally writing Sudden Secrets, a story about small-town bigotry. Another YA book is in the wings and ready to step onto the stage, that is if it sells. All the if’s are still in place even after four books.
I still have the same conversation with people that I did when I’d only published one book, but now I don’t care. I hand them my card and say, “Hope you read some of my work and give me a review.”
Do you want to see what other writing have to say about persevering? You can. Just click HERE.