I’m a published author.
Did you think to yourself: that’s so amazing! Her life must be awesome.
If so, let me take you inside to the not-so glamorous life of writing. Now, I’m not trying to be a downer or ignore how blessed I am to be a published author. I’d just like to give you a glimpse into my world on the days where I wonder how did I ever get into this position.
For instance, the past year and a half, I have consistently managed to get my deadlines about a month a part. I’m talking about NO wriggle room whatsoever. Instead of being able to take a breather and refuel, I go full steam ahead and when one deadline is over, immediately jump into the next. It’s made me into some sort of not-nearly-as-caffeinated-as-I-need-to-be writer. Not to mention all the other hats I still have to wear as a wife and mom.
Then there’s the time when my characters decide they could care less about my writing deadlines and refuse to tell me how they feel. We’re talking about hours looking at a blank scream, with time breaking up the stare to whine to anyone who will listen, send GIFs to my closest friends in a form of a whine, and bemoaning my fate to the Lord and asking for all the words. Don’t forget the social media distractions or the desire to clean a house you’ve successful ignored for the past month. Oh did I mention that this was a recent development?
Then there are the times you feel the need to increase your social media followers, grow your newsletter (this one really makes me want to pull my teeth), pay for ads, pay your taxes, and all the other painful things that can fall under the business side of things.
Oh and did I mention you get to write a first draft, go through critiques of that draft, revise and edit that manuscript, all the while reading it countless times to make sure that no error slips through! But don’t worry, someone will notice that error and let you know all about it. :)
So why does anyone want to be a writer? Glad you asked.
Because when the story is FINALLY finished there are certain things that happen.
- You realize that God was with you every step of the way and you now accomplished something He called you to do.
- When you hold that book baby in your hand, the sense of wonder you feel knowing you wrote that is amazing.
- When readers review your book (or send you a message) telling you how the book ministered to them or they just plain enjoyed it, you realize that you’re not half bad at this writing stuff and maybe even doing exactly what you’re supposed to do.
- The first time you see an actual fan and realize that someone is following your career because they believe in you, you’re humbled.
- Because despite all the roller coaster of dislikes that can crop up, the highs are way too spectacular to keep you dwelling on the lows.
This year I’ll be releasing four new books. Fortunately, they’re already written and all I have to do is promote them when their turn comes around. Instead, I find myself writing books to be published in 2023. It’s amazing that God has allowed me to count my blessings before they’re even here. Knowing these books will come to fruition and fall into the person’s hands it needs to be in. So even though I hit my pity party moments, I know that book baby will be worth all the prayers, tears, and whines that came out of my mouth. After all, going through trials always makes the victory all the sweeter.
Because I’m so thankful for you, the reader, I’d like to offer a giveaway to any of my books on my backlist. If you are international, please know I can only offer you an ebook copy of my books. To enter, tell me something that’s not very glamorous about what you love but why you keep doing it. Enter by 5/13/22 11:59pm EDT and I’ll pick one random winner.