Yesterday I heard this lovely sentence…

“Mommy, I did this on accident.”

(By the way, I think the “I did this” totally negates the “on accident”. Don’t you?)

But I digress.

So,with the holidays just around the corner, I thought what better time than now to share our responses when relatives ask the age old question…

“Why aren’t you published yet?


8 thoughts on “Reasons

  1. Ack! *sigh* I can sort of avoid this question because I’ve had two short stories published in a very small local magazine. My family is the sort that kind of rolled their eyes at the ‘being a writer’ thing but the moment I got one tiny story ‘published’ they turned into the puffed up ‘we have a writer in the family!’ sort. Now they mostly just ask me how the writing is going and then rant about how the world is missing out because no agent has ‘had the sense to take me on.’ My family is a total trip 🙂

  2. LOL! Great topic …. NOT! lol… j/k This subject is why I don’t tell everyone I’m writing. It’s a difficult thing to explain … “Well, see, there’s this whole query process and then you wait to find the right person who’s interested, but they still have to be smitten with your story, and well… it’s very subjective …”
    Sheesh! that’s why I don’t say anything until I’m published.

  3. A. Grey,

    Congrats on the publications!

    I love that your family stands behind you and rants about agents. I know you’ve pressed “send” a lot lately…have you told them about that? Or are you just waiting until you land one to tell the good news?


  4. PK,

    Yep, after explaining the whole “literary agents aren’t the same as real estate agents…they kind of have to like what you’re offering” discussion I too keep everything to myself :). It’s just easier.


  5. I hate that question! I’m tempted to say, “I’m not good enough yet to attract an agent or publisher,” just to see what they’d say. My usual response is, “I’m still working at it, but it’s a really long process.” My family are very supportive and write or phone to congratulate and praise whenever one of my magazine articles is published. One daughter is also a writer so she “gets” the lengthy novelling process and we commiserate regularly.

  6. Carol,

    I love your response and will probably use it for my upcoming holiday time.

    I don’t have any family members who are writing so that’s why I love my online writing friends. It’s so nice to have people in our lives who understand what we go through on our path to publication :).

    Thanks for stopping by,

  7. After the disaster with my blog last week, this week I went to open my internet and found ATT had shut it down. Two and one half hours, seven reps, two supervisors and a major headache and I am back in business exactly twelve hours after the “glitch.”

    So I am late responding today. I get “why aren’t you published” all the time from the people in my original group (Janice’s group) and I just smile and say, Nope, not yet.

    It’s hard to truly believe it’s fate, or agents aren’t smart enough and not feel in your gut that it’s the work. I stopped sending out three books because of that.

    With this monthly challenge to rewrite the paranormal romance, I have made a decision. The buck stops with Lizzie Brogan. I believe she will blaze a trail for my other three NYC gals … Toni Gallucci, The Third Eye Mystery Series, a straight traditional mystery trilogy. Maggie of The Maggie Sullivan Mysteries, a trilogy that occurrs during the famous winter storms (22) in NYC in 1996. That is a romantic suspense where Maggie and her two best friends find their soul mates, Maggie solves three mysteries with her love interest Pete Farese, Homocide Dective and at the end the snows finally melt. My fourth gal is (bless her) Gail Goldblum and her Italian hunk, Tony Cimino with her feisty grandmother singing Ethel Merman tunes in the elevator of her apartment house in Washington Heights.

    I love all my gals and I love the original series Antoinette “Toni” Gallucci stems from … the novelas of Sunset Park and The Mid Hudson Valley.

    These are my best friends, my great loves and each of them will be realized in print. I have taken the youngest of them in The Tale of Lizzie Brogan and The Moon Goddess, A Celtic Legacy and paired her with her baudy and funny Aunt Annie May, a musical actress from the Belasco Theatre days of the 1950’s and her quest to get to “the other side” to meet her one true love Daniel “Curley” O’Brien who waits for her by the stage door of the Belasco each evening after first call. The problem they have is Annie’s been dead for twenty-five years and is trapped in a tramp steamer trunk while Curley went on with his life in the theatre with a broken heart and the words he spoke to her the last time they parted become his fate … “I’ll meet you at first call at the stage door. Don’t keep me waiting.”

    I know it’s nuts and only those of you here can really undertand, but I was “directed” to this story, never knew what it was about, just fell in love with one line and her name and nine months later, I found an old article from “PLaybill” and it has been the beacon for the direction the three stories.

    Could I say any of this to my friends and family? No, but knowing you and PK and your great readers, I can say it here. Something happened to me when I started writing Lizzie. She is the first time I knew for certain I will find an agent and she will be published. I’ll never tell an agent any of this until I have a contract signed and sealed and she/he knows who and what I am and what I am capable of.

    I am truly a NYC gal and I will always be fOIS In The City.

    Love you and your posts. When we all get there we’ll meet one day in NYC and I’ll treat you to a drink at The Plaza. 🙂

    Dreams are what we are meant to keep and no matter how many times someone scoffs or makes discouraging remarks, dreams are what we live by.

  8. Ramblings,

    Auurrrgghhhh about the blog and phone hassles…dealing with endless rounds of “Now tell me exactly what the problem is” is soooo frustrating. You have my sympathies 😦

    What you have done with one line from a Playbill is astounding! All those descriptions sound facinating and would make for a great weekend of reading, curled up in front of a cozy fireplace.

    May Lizzie blaze your trail to publication!

    I’ll meet you at the Plaza for that drink someday :).


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