When you attend book/writer conventions, you must wear a name tag, and frequently underneath your name will be the following descriptive “Aspiring Author”.
Oh, boy did I hate that.
To me, the whole ‘aspiring’ adjective felt a little too airy-fairy, as if I sat around on a lounge chair and pondered a writing career. If they had to use an adjective, I wish they’d use ‘perspiring’. Because that’s what you do as you struggle to get published. You sweat over every page, clunky pitch and awkward query letter.
I have tracked my progress from couch potato extraordinaire to budding writer to published in my blog. You can follow the earlier part of my journey through these posts:
- Speed Dating With Deidre
- Step One
- In Between Step One and Two
- Step Two – Following the Right Wizard
- Thinking About It
- Kind words, from a kind man
- Step Three – Writing to Learn
- Who the Hell Has the Kleenex?
- Seven Questions for Deidre
- More on Romantic Times
- Step Four: gather it up and toss it in the trash
- The part where I write the book
- Query, query
And this, the cherry on the sundae – We sold Hedi’s Book of Rules
*(originally posted on leighevans.blogspot.com).