14 December, 2013

What Do You Do?


"I'm a writer."

"Really," at this point I'm not sure if I've been taken seriously or they are actually interested. "What do you write?"

"Historical fiction."

Normally it doesn't come this far, but when it does goes something like this, "Where can I find your books?"

Aha! They do want to read them at least...

"I'm not published."

I don't get paid for the hours of research, prepping, and sending out queries met with form rejections. Currently I don't get paid doing what I love {minus the querying, who else hates that?}. But what I do, is what I absolutely love. It's not just a passion I'm working towards, it's a career. I don't do it because of my so-called talent, because loads of people have talent in writing. It's what you do with it that matters.

Lately I've been in a foul mood and couldn't seem to get out of my funk. Then I realized it wasn't me. It wasn't my writing. I could even blame it on the economy with so many agencies going out of business. The more I think about it, I'm glad I'm being rejected over and over again. Because with what the publishing companies want at the moment is not what I want for my novels.


What do you do again? I work doggedly hard to polish and prep my words into novels in hopes that one day, that certain agent will see what I see and want what I want. Think of it like finding your significant other, you wouldn't settle would you? And I refuse to do so with my novels.

14 comments:

  1. Good for you! I believe it is so important for us all to have standards in the things we find valuable to us. There's no point in lowering your standards for your writing just in order to get published, because then you won't be truly happy. Good luck with your writing!!!

    Deborah
    Hellcat Vintage

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I'm so pleased that so many of you are so very supportive. :)

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  2. A difficult business indeed. It is good that you are sticking to what you love and you shall find your path:)

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    1. I could write a long series of posts on your first sentence alone. LOL! Thanks for your support, Joanna! You're a dear!

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  3. It's a shame, but I'm glad to hear you're sticking to your guns! I remember reading about Agatha Christie's first book and how the publisher made her change the ending and half the story... what would the book have originally been like? I still hope I have the chance to read your words some day, you write your blog so well and your research skills are obvious in your fashion posts. Keep on keeping on! x

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    1. It really is, especially since Agatha Christie is great American literature. I would have liked to see what it would have been prior to when the editor's got their paws on it.

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  4. That is what I adore you so-you don't settle! I am not a settler either (hence marrying my hubby at 29 and not 19 like most people I knew). I want to be published one day as well and I say when they publish you, bc one day it WILL happen, it will be the right time with the right people involved. Best to do it the right way then have it be a hot mess. I am cheering for you girl-keep doing what you are doing!! It WILL pay off! xox

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    1. Awe, thank you so much, Daffny!! I love that about you too, hun! You and so many others are great inspiration. And your determination did pay off when you were published in VL. How awesome!

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  5. These kinds of questions are so commonplace for those of us who make our livings from creative/independent routes. I've faced them many times myself, too, over the years. I wish to no end that people wouldn't ask you what you did right off the bat (if at all). I make a point of not asking it to people, as I so despise when it's asked to (super shy) me. I think your answers are great and that you should persevere no matter what, dear Sean. If you believe in yourself and your talents, others are bound to as well (very much including a publisher!).

    Keep on keeping on, honey - I'm behind you 100%!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you, that is my point exactly!! I hate being asked, "what do you do?" all the time! I've had some really great responses, but some people just don't understand what is like to be a struggling artist {because that's what we all are}. Again and again we put ourselves out there only to get a measly form rejection. I realize that so many companies are large, but please just give me a reason as to why you DON'T like my work instead of saying "it's not a good fit". Well, why the heck isn't it? Ugh, there I go rambling again. Shoot my blood pressure is also rising, haha!

      Again, thanks so much, dear friend!!

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  6. Totally get what you're saying. Been in your position for years. Just when you think you are taking a step forward, you get knocked back five. In the end, it is worth it. And from the looks of things, you have many friends behind you and supporting you.

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    1. I know you above anyone would, sis! You've been fighting this for so long and I'm soooo very happy that you've had some stepping stones in the result of short stories published! It's wonderful! Know you've got my support, after all I'm president of your fan club!

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  7. Way to go for sticking with your standards! So much of writing out there right now seems there just for the point of making money, so it's refreshing to see someone who isn't willing to give into that low. Absolutely no reason to settle when you invest so much of yourself into it and with your attitude I think it's going to pay off!

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    1. Thank you, Inky!! I mean there is no doubt I wish to make this my financial career, but I don't just want to make money off of it. I want to at least touch one life with at least one novel! Or at least make them cry.

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