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She’ll Be Coming

For the last few months I have waited with bated breath to hear back from my dream agent on whether or not she liked my manuscript and if she would be offering representation. It was a three step process. First, she liked my query and asked to see the first three chapters. I hurriedly sent her the requested material and crossed my fingers. I waited a few months. I was thrilled when the e-mail came and she asked me to forward her the full manuscript. I was so close to having an agent of my own. But, instead of getting an offer I got rejected. It was a very helpful rejection but nonetheless a rejection.

So, here I am back to square one. There has been one song that keeps playing over and over in my mind, it is…


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Linking It All Together

A chain is a series of things connected or following in succession. The size of the chain depends on the amount of links added.

Often a writer is a writer sooner than they recognize that is what they are. Writers are the school-aged children scribbling stories into a notebook. She is the young girl skipping rope trying to come up with a new song to impress her friends. He is the wild boy on the back of the bus chanting lyrics to get a reaction. Early on, they probably are not aware that they are adding the first link to a chain that may end up being very long.

Ask any successful writer what the secret to their success is and chances are they will tell you, diligence, determination and patience.

Let’s break those down. Diligence is an earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken. You cannot just state that you want to be a writer. You have to become a writer. There are roads albeit different ones for everyone that a writer must first travel before reaching their destination. When I recognized that writing was my passion the first thing I did was educate myself on the craft. I purchased books on writing. I enrolled in writing courses. I participated in critique groups. I attended seminars and I began journaling. Hence, adding links to the chain.

Learning brings enlightenment which connects to determination. Once you believe in yourself you will want others to believe in you too. If you want agents and editors to take you seriously you have to show them that you took the time to learn how to set up a manuscript, you listened when they gave advice on query writing and you didn’t bad mouth them when they rejected you. Rejection should be used to strengthen the chain.
Never let rejection weaken your links. There would be no determination without rejection.

Every time a query is sent, a contest is entered, a manuscript is forwarded, your chain gets longer and you come to realize that you have learned patience.
A chain can be too short but never too long. If you are diligent, determined and patient you will discover that you have a series of things connected that have been linked together. If we are lucky, others will take their links and interlock them with ours and together we will form something that is worth its weight in gold.

Have you started a chain? What links have you added to your writing career?
Do you have suggestions on how to free your writing of kinks?

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Lead the Way

What does it mean to be a leader? A leader follows no one. If you are a writer, you are familiar with the phrase “Think of something different.” When I come up with an idea I search it first to see if it has been used before. They say, “Write what you love and chances are that is what will sell.” If my idea has been used before I brainstorm until I am confident it is unique.
I don’t like to follow the path. I like to make a new path. My biggest competitor is myself. It is important to form relationships with other writers so that you can grow as a writer. But, if you are mimicking their style, their subject, their voice, you are selling yourself short.
I have come to the realization that in order to stand out you have to stand alone.
Once you leave a trail others will follow. Do you want to leave a trail or follow the person who discovered the trail?
I’d love to hear how others come up with ideas and what they do once they find that the idea has already been done.

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I have noticed a new trend. Book trailers seem to be the new rage. I think they are a great idea and definitely have the potential to woo people towards a book they may have never picked up. When I go to the movies or watch a rented movie at home, I love to watch the previews. There have been plenty of times I rented movies based off of the previews.

Last week, the girls over at Let The Words Flow blog held a book trailer contest. It sounded exciting and challenging. I followed their instructions and made a book trailer for the book I am currently revising. I didn’t win the contest but I now have a great marketing tool that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t stumble upon their blog. I am no pro. Hollywood won’t be knocking on my door but I am in love with what I did anyway. Take a sneak peek, what do you think?

P.S. I own no copyright for the videos used.


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