Today’s guest host is fellow Astraea Press author, Heather Gray!
I’m the Best Writer You’ll Ever Meet…
I had you there for a minute, didn’t I? Admit it. It’s okay.
No? Well, that’s fine, too. You’ve simply proven you’re a savvy individual who knows a hook when she (or he) sees one!
Before I go any further, I want to take a minute to thank Christi for having me on her blog today. If you don’t know her very well, I’ll tell you she’s an exceptionally kindhearted person who is helpful, encouraging, and terribly creative. And if you do know her well, you probably have even more great things to say about her!
I was recently pondering the question of why I even bother submitting anything to a publisher. After all, I know how I write. I know there are still flaws in my work. I am intimately acquainted with many of my own literary shortcomings, and I’m smart enough to recognize there are many more I haven’t yet discovered. Nothing I’ve written to date has been good enough, so why do I keep submitting?
It’s simple, really: I’m not an objective judge of my own work, and I never will be.
My first novel, Mail Order Man, came out this past April. I still don’t think it’s good enough to have been published…and it’s out there actually SELLING. People I don’t even know are buying that book. Granted, it’s not likely going to make it to the New York Times Bestseller’s list…but still, my publisher believed in my book, and now that book is selling. (In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m completely in awe!)
So this is my philosophy: Even when I think something I’ve written isn’t worthy, I still submit it to my publisher. I let them decide whether or not it’s good enough to make it out there in the big bad (and by bad I mean wonderful) word of e-books.
The truth is, once I experienced what getting published was like, there was no way I could ever stop. Why? Fame and fortune? Oh wow, I laughed so hard there for a minute I think I almost choked. I’m not famous. I’m not rich. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. So why do I keep at it? I learn so much each and every time a manuscript goes through editing. I can’t even begin to tell you all that I’ve learned and how much my writing has improved. It might almost be an addiction. I can’t wait for editors to tell me what I’ve done wrong in a story because I know it’ll make me better at what I do. And I LOVE what I do.
I have been on the crazy wild journey of a lifetime. After my release in April, I had a short story (available only through my publisher) called “Late for the Ball?” come out in June. It’s gotten mixed reviews. There’s a bit of a surprise ending, and readers have apparently not been nearly as fond of that twist as I am. (Live and learn.) I have an inspirational contemporary romance, Ten Million Reasons, which released in July. Coming soon is my first Regency inspirational romance, His Saving Grace, and the second book in my Ladies of Larkspur series, Just Dessert. And, if everything goes well, I will have a Christmas novel, Nowhere for Christmas, out this winter.
A year ago today I had a fledgling dream and zero confidence. I didn’t even have a contract. God willing, by the end of this year, I will have had six different manuscripts published, each one better-written than the one before it. I won’t say my results are normal or typical. We’re all different, and the pace at which we write (not to mention the genre!) reflects that. There are amazing writers out there who publish a book every couple of years, not to mention stars-in-the-making who try for years before they get published. I understand that. I am so blessed to be on this journey, and I don’t take a minute of it for granted. Whatever path you are traveling – whether it has to do with writing or something else entirely – I hope you’re as excited about it as I am about the one I’m on.
Thank you for stopping by and spending part of your day with me today – I appreciate it! Now go out there and do something spectacular – I know you’ve got it in you!
Aside from her long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys in life are her relationship with her Savior, her family, and writing. Years ago, she decided it would be better to laugh than yell. Heather carries that theme over into her writing where she strives to create characters that experience both the highs and lows of life and, through it all, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.
Where to Find Heather:
My Website – http://www.heathergraywriting.com
My Blog – http://www.heathergraywriting.com/blog
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/heathergraywriting
Twitter – http://twitter.com/LaughDreamWrite
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What about you? Are you an objective judge of your own writing, or do you have a team of family/friends/Beta Readers to let you know how you’re doing?