Wednesday, August 16, 2017

uPS and DOwns of Writing

ResearchCreateFinding a PublisherRepeat

My writing career has been like traveling through the years on a bumpy roller coaster.  I started by sending my writing to magazines. Over the course of a few years, I had over thirty stories/filler published. However, my earnings added up to about enough to purchase one large coffee (but certainly not Starbucks)! I then decided it would be exciting to have a book published. The thought of having my name on a hardcover book was enough to cause me to dance on my desktop. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. With time my memory has faded some. But I did get a book published and it was a hardcover. But, the excitement was short-lived. The publisher soon closed their doors. Not just to me. As in closed for business.

Chapter Two. I signed a contract with a new publisher for a very short book to accompany their reading series. I was later excited to sign a contract with them for a full-length middle reader. But. That word seems to always interrupt my happiness as an author. When that publisher discovered that I had attained an agent, they stopped replying to my correspondence completely. After talking with legal aid, I gave the whole thing up.

Chapter Three. I located another publisher. At the time I was blinded by my desire to be published and their love for my writing. I didn't notice that their publishing house was built out of cards and not long for this world. And, as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20.  I began to see the red flags as they slowly climbed the flagpole. Four books later that publisher closed their doors.

Chapter Four. Yes! After licking my wounds I located yet another publisher. I signed a contract on a picture book. He then began sending me illustrations that were being made for the book. But. . . the publisher then decided to go in another direction since he decided picture books were too costly, etc. etc.
I picked myself up off the floor and located a new publisher who published my latest book. But. Oh, no, there's that nasty word. I got an email that they are closing this month. I'm very sad, not just for me, but for them. 

Chapter Five. I'm busy doing my four-step program above. And of course, it's fun. Why? Because my passion is reading, creating, finding a publisher, and . . . 

If you share that passion, I have some informational sites for you to take a look at.

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