I am pretty sure there’s already been a blog post about this. However, I just thought I’d add my little two cents into the mix…
Over the last few months, I’ve been approached by a few writers, established and aspiring, who have either asked me to beta their work, suggest recommendations regarding publishing houses, or just some friendly advice about the entire publishing process. Of course, I am happy to help in any way that I can. While I don’t profess to be an expert (not in the least), I can only share with them my experiences.
When I first started on my writing journey, basically, I had no one to ‘go to’ with questions and concerns and how to go about getting published. It was quite by accident that I stumbled upon places like Preditors & Editors, Absolute Write forums, and such, where I could lurk about and research the answers to the questions I had, or, when I got brave enough, to ask timid questions. The first thing I learned was that writers are a friendly, gregarious bunch of people who seem to prefer social media interactions than real time ones (well, I think). I felt right at home. They were all eager to help out, to which I’m grateful for.
Eventually, after toiling through the process of submissions and queries, blurb and synopsis writing, and the whole mad dance writers need to learn and master, I became a published writer (I still think out of sheer luck that that has happened). Of course, like learning to drive, even though you pass the test, the real lessons come after you get your license. I’m still learning by the way, and know to expect accidents and wrong-turns and getting flagged by the traffic police. So it’s a constant check and recheck of my indicator lights, speed limit, side and rear mirrors, oil and gas, brake fluids, and making sure my windshield wipers are in proper working order. Phew! Pretty exhausting, but such is the life of a writer.
But I wouldn’t be doing any of this without the help of editors (shouting out Judy Griffith Gill, heyyy!), and advice from fellow writers from Champagne/Burst (T.M Hunter, K.M Tolan, Michael W. Davis a.k.a. Big Mike, or more commonly known as BM, and the late Jim Woods) or by simply observing what seasoned veterans do (Allison Knight, Julie Eberhart Painter, Victoria Roder, Linda LaRoque, and many more). I feel it’s also prudent that I mention those not with Champagne Book Group (JC Cassels, Cary Caffrey, Laurel Kreigler, Patrick Stutzman, Heidi Ruby Miller, to name but a few), because through their friendship and help, advice and by simply observing what they do throughout my journey has been invaluable.
I THANK YOU ALL!
I THANK YOU ALL!
So, there you have it. Without the help and advice of many, I’d still be lurking about chewing my lips and wondering what to do next. And to anyone out there who hasn’t a clue where to start, and wouldn’t mind some assistance from a post-learner/still an acolyte writer…shout me out. I’m happy to help and do my bit in paying it forward.