Hello there my faithful followers!
Echo … echo … echo …
On Friday, January 22nd, I finished the first draft of my second novel in the Mirrored Man series (and of all time), Vengeance is mine! Now, this is an accomplishment for me on many levels, not the least of which is … well, I wrote another novel. In the beginning was a labor of love, inspired by God and I was gifted by Him with this ability to “paint words on a page”. We are all gifted by Him in one way or another. Some of us in many ways.
But I digress.
When I say that In the beginning was a labor of love, it’s because there was so much labor involved. It took about four-and-a-half months to write the first draft … which by-the-way was much longer than it is today … but as you know (I hope … from reading my blog …and if you’re a first timer, then you’ve got some remedial work to do) it wasn’t the read that it is today. I re-wrote and re-wrote and -re wrote … and re-wrote and re-wrote some more, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get it right because I didn’t (and still don’t) have the education.
There, now you don’t have to go back and read my other blogs … unless you want to … which I hope that you do.
But, even though I knew it wasn’t in tip-top shape for presentation to … well … anyone, that didn’t stop me from sending out lots of query letters. I probably sent out fifty of them. And then I think I got … probably … four rejection emails. The rest, I never heard anything from. But, undaunted, I put my book on a shelf (both literally and figuratively) and went on with my life … for four years …… until last July, when I put it out on Amazon at the behest of … well, you already know about that. That’s when I found Terri. Terri was a God’s send … but you already know about that.
Now, In the beginning is out there for the world to see in all its glory! And it’s been viewed by tens of people! And I’m making royalties! I have about forty percent of my goal of becoming a hundred-aire (I stole that from the only culturally significant TV show, Big Bang Theory). And I can truthfully say that I am a professional writer. But, it’s really not about the money, is it? The writers who read this know what I mean. It’s about the satisfaction of knowing that what we’ve created has given another human being enjoyment. It’s about knowing that our work has given someone the opportunity to escape from whatever is burdening them … at least for a while … and lose themselves in another world where they can root for the good guys and sneer at the bad ones. It’s about hearing from a stranger that something that we’ve done is “good”, thus affirming that, no matter how many (or few) read it, it wasn’t a waste of our time.
I recently joined both the Georgia Writer’s Association and the Atlanta Writer’s Club where I hope to become acquainted with some of my peers. The latter group is hosting a writer’s conference on the first weekend in May, the 6th and 7th. I’m signed up to have my manuscript professionally critiqued by an individual who has been in the business for about forty years. I’ll also have my query letter critiqued and have two opportunities to “pitch” my story to two different agents. I am both looking forward to these opportunities and dreading the experience. Why? Because up to five professionals will have the chance to tell me that I stink! That’s why!
I’m praying for the latter.
Incidentally, for those of you who are regular readers of this blog, you may have noticed that I changed my header pic. I took this picture while in Kamensk-Uralski, Russia. The Iset river is in the foreground and the city of about 200,000 people is in the background. This is my favorite spot in Russia. I hope to see it again one day.