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February 18, 2010

To be a successful writer Part 4

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Think being a writer is a glamorous job?  Looking for fame and fortune from your writing career?

Then I’m going to have to stop you right there. 

Now don’t get me wrong, writing can be glamorous and can bring an author fame and fortune.  J.K. Rowling’s life after publishing Harry Potter is proof of that.  But J.K.’s story isn’t typical.  So, let’s be realistic.

Writing is hard work.

From the many writers I’ve spoken with over the years, it appears that coming up with the creative ideas comes easily enough to most.  But  there’s only one way for that creativity to find its way to its target audience…hard work.

If you wish to succeed as a writer, you must have an impeccable work ethic. 

Look forward to long days of discipline, sitting at your computer cranking out thosands of words/day in order to create the rough draft of your manuscript.  And for most writers  starting out, this means trying to find those necessary hours of writing time, sandwiched in between a full-time job, family obligations and all the other time stealing scenerios called life.

If you don’t have the discipline to write every day and to see a manuscript draft through to the end, it’s unlikely you’ll ever feel the contentment and excitement of reading your work as a published novel, article or essay.

Writing is a solitary profession and with the right work ethic, you’re well on your way to success.

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February 10, 2010

My first novel is about to become a reality

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I’m interrupting my “Successful writer” series of posts because I have exciting news!

On February 1st the news was official.  I signed my first book contract…ever.  My adult suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die” was accepted by Red Rose Publishing and is in the cue of upcoming releases.

Although there’s still a lot to be done before the book is out, including cover art and final revisions with my editor, it’s already listed on the publisher’s website with an enticing blurb.

Check it out here:

http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=826

Perserverence pays off.  Never give up on your self and your writing.  Your day will come!

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