WARNING: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
M: I got my boxes of author copies just few weeks ago, so I’m still floating around and celebrating! My books arrived a few days early, so it was an added surprise and shock to find them sitting on my doorstep when I got home. I came close to crying, but ended up jumping around instead. I called and emailed everyone I knew, and cranked up my level of marketing another notch.
M: The most difficult parts were the revising. I didn't really experience any struggles in the initial writing...it flew from my fingers and mind onto the computer screen as fast as I was able to type. I did the initial rough draft in five weeks, but the revising and editing and additional scenes took several times that long, as I had so much to learn. I found it difficult to tone down a couple of people who needed to be rude and or snotty, but also had to do so in a believable way. My first attempt was very sad....they were straight out of a Grade B movie, LOL!
M: There are two…one in the spiritual realm, one in the natural. The spiritual accomplishment is already getting feedback from readers letting me know the book has touched their life in some way. I’m hoping that type of feedback continues, as that was my goal in writing it. In the natural realm, that a major motion picture company in Hollywood contacted my agent, asking to read my book. They like it and are considering it as a potential family movie. No offer at this time, but it’s being considered.
M: I didn't come down the usual path that many writer's come....I started writing Christian fiction just two years ago, when I started The Other Daughter, and didn't belong to any writer's groups, hadn't read a single writing book, didn't have a crit partner, and only had my sister and one other gal who's an editor of E-books, that helped keep me on the path. They both had experience in editing and pointed out many of the mistakes I made...common ones such as Point of View and telling the reader what was happening rather than showing.
Marketing on the other hand, is a joy and very easy for me, as I worked in sales much of my adult life before starting to write. I spend anywhere from 2-4 hrs per day on the computer with marketing...not every day or every month, but that's been the average per day since about two months ago when I began to push hard on marketing The Other Daughter.
What have I learned? That other Christian writer's are some of the most unselfish, caring, giving people on the face of the earth. Instead of competing and trying to cut one another off at the knees, they practically break their necks to help.
I've also learned that if you're not giving God the glory and asking Him to keep your priorities straight, writing will become an albatross around your neck instead of the joyful journey He means it to be. HE is the one who has brought me success in my book by acquiring an agent, then a contract, so quickly, I can claim no credit for that. I've written a summary of my entire journey from start to contract on my website....HE is an amazing God and I write for Him. If I wrote for myself or for the readers, I'd probably have given up by now.
Thanks Miralee! Blessings to you on this journey, and on the success of your next book!
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