Saturday, May 28, 2011

Put it down on paper already!!

Okay, it’s been almost 4 months since I decided to write a book.  For some reason I thought the writing part was going to be the hardest part of this journey, but I was wrong.  Now that I have entered the world of edit, network, cover art, blurbs and publishing.  I know It seems like it took forever to write the story (a little over 3 months), but I have given myself 4 extra months to get the book cleaned-up (with professional help), get a cover (yea, I have someone helping with this too), write a blurb about myself…done (but I got help), write a blurb about the book itself and finally get this beast published.

I feel like these are daunting task at times, but then the other published authors remind me that the work starts after you publish and have to market your book.   I guess a writer’s work is never done, at least not if you expect to be a successful one.  When I look back to the start of all of this, I never really gave anything, other than writing the book itself, much thought.  I still have a lot to learn about this very complicated industry and the steps to getting published.    I will add that without the help of the other writers I have met along the way, I would be walking blindly into all of this and might have even considered not publishing at all.

I have learned so much along the way and if I had to give someone who was thinking about writing a book advice, it would have to be this.   Pull out that laptop, notepad or whatever it is you like to write on and just do it…you can think about the rest of the crap later.  


  1. The greatest advice, Christine. Just write. The rest is for later.

  2. I agree, Christine! I think I started in the same boat. It is a lot of work and the other writers make a huge difference. Honestly I have had Dark Corners completed for 2 years(besides for my final editor edit) and it wasn't until I joined the writers group that I became serious about publishing it.

  3. Good to hear you're making progress with your book. You're extremely quick about it, I have to say. I don't know if you're following but it's a great resource to subscribe to and helps you feel relaxed and confident about the whole process. All the best . . .