Friday, September 10, 2010

Ready...Set...Go

Welp, here I am.  Over a year ago I got an idea.  I pounded that idea out into the form of a 300+ page book in about three months.  Then, I got discouraged.  I thought, self: who is ever going want to read this? 

Making excuses, I let it sit on my computer, filed away amidst the other half touched ideas that I toyed with over the years.

This one, however, kept haunting me.  So I slowly started editing it.  During that process I would get discouraged, put it away, get haunted again, slowly start editing once more and round and round I went.

Then, about a year ago, I joined a writers group on a whim, through the lovely Twilight Mom's forum.  Putting my book out there to be critiqued was like walking outside completely naked for all to see.  SCARY...for those doing the seeing as well as myself.

When the band aid was finally ripped away, I realized it wasn't so bad.  I actually enjoyed the feedback. 
With that initial shock over, I had the courage to finish two edits and am on my final one.

For additional help I have sent it off to the lovely and talented Linda over at  TreasureLine Books and Publishing.  She is a pro at this kind of thing and I think I have looked at it so much, for so long, I just need some professional help - in more ways than one I'm sure.

After getting it back from Linda I will then put my final touches on the book and send it out into the world and see if it can stand on its own.

Am I nervous?  Heck yea!  Am I excited?  You bet.  This has always been a dream of mine and to finally bring it to some form of fruition is extremely satisfying.

Why the blog?

I started this blog for a few reasons:
1) To document my journey so if I ever get published I can look back and see the road I travelled.

2) To get the premise of my book out there and see what others think about it.

3) To get my name out so if I do ever get published I may already have a few fans, friends and fellow writing buddies:)

So, here is to taking your dream and running with it!

11 comments:

Linda said...

I love watching "the journey" and I'm very excited about your book!

Anna L. Walls said...

I just love it when a collection of words begins to take on a life of its own. When it begins to knock on the inside of my skull and demand to be acknowledged. You did much the same thing I did, but without internet, my journey was much more solitary. I couldn't even get family to read it. I had one chance to get my work published so I grabbed myself by the suspenders and shoved it into an editor's hands. The experience of seeing my story as a real book will be hard to surmount. Just you wait. I'm sure you'll feel the same.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your journey with us and may God bless your endeavors to let your creative gifts bring joy to others!

Deana said...

Thanks so much for your kind words ladies!

Anna if I do ever get to publish my work I can only imagine how wonderful it would feel. You describe it beautifully:)

Miss Page-Turner said...

Very exciting! Have you got a summary for your novel? Or can you tell which genre it would fit into?
I wish you Good Luck!:)

Deana said...

Miss Page Turner...
I've been trying to figure that out myself. I think it is a paranormal romance. It is about a young woman, who through a near death experience finds herself drawn to man whom later she finds out is her guardian angel. When Jonas, said guardian, discovers he's been found out, his simple, predestined life is quickly turned upside down as he realizes that even angels have choices.
I guess that is a small bit about it:)

G.A.Torrance said...

Hi Deana,
Thanks for taking an interest in my blog 'Life & The Prey'. I'm hopeful of finding a publisher for 'The Prey' soon, but I'm not holding my breath! Until then, I'll be posting chapter by chapter in the blog. Good luck with finding a publisher for your book soon.

Deana said...

Good Luck G.A.!

Lou Rohde said...

Love this! Your an inspriration...now if I can only get that spark going..

Lou

Victoria's Voice said...

You really inspire me! Good luck with the book. I look forward to the updates.

I am following you through Follow Friday.

Vickie
victoriasvoice44.blogspot.com

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