Today I’m thrilled to feature fellow Astraea Press author Mary Cope, who has generously agreed to share her “Path to Publication” story.
Without further ado, here’s Mary…
Before I begin my pathway to publication, I want to backtrack a little bit and give encouragement to those who continually doubt themselves. Doubt can be a destructive thing, paralyzing even, in fact…I doubted myself so much I almost never submitted my story.
The reason for my doubt came from the fact that I wasn’t a writer. And to be honest, I kept my writing a secret..from my family, friends, everybody. I didn’t want to share this desire I had. I mean who was I? A middle-aged housewife writing a New Adult Romance story? Really? But, it was fun for me, so I decided to continue.
Then something clicked. When I reached chapter 7 of my story it was at that point I knew I was going to finish. Having no idea what I was doing, I joined a local writers group. Nervous and intimidated, I sat at a table with strangers and read them my first chapter. My formatting was off, my tenses were all over the place and basically chapter 1 was a mess. But, thanks to the encouragement I felt from this group of writers I came back the following week and continued to do so.
When my story was finished, the doubt came back. I shelved my story for five months because I didn’t think it was good enough, but then I decided, “What the heck? I’ve got nothing to lose.” So, I enlisted the help of a great friend of mine and we tackled the dreaded “query letter.”
“The query letter, the query letter, it has to be perfect!” That’s all I heard from everyone, so writing the query letter freaked me out. And, if you’re in the midst of writing one, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Anyway, I pushed the doubt aside and sent off my first query letter.
“Hmmm, that wasn’t so bad.” I thought, so, I sent another.
Eventually, I sent my query letter to every publisher I could think of. And, yes, I received rejections, but I also received manuscript requests, and that feeling fueled me and gave me the confidence I needed.
Manuscript rejections came, and doubt reared its ugly head again, but a few offers came in also. I signed my first contract with Astraea Press, for my book, Beautiful One on January 1st 2014. So, I’m going to shove doubt out the door, and with a humble heart call myself a writer.
Trust me when I say, if I can do this, you can too. 🙂
Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, naïve high school senior. Having never dated, she meets the boy of her dreams, Aidan Mitchell. Despite his history of womanizing, Liz is drawn to him.
Soon Liz becomes the envy of all the girls on campus, when they become a couple and her dream boyfriend sweeps her off her feet and into the dating world that is all too new and strange for her. When other guys start to take notice of Liz, Aidan is troubled with fits of jealousy.
Elizabeth then meets the ruggedly handsome, Spencer Hayes and they quickly bond over their passion for music. Liz begins to struggle with the feelings that spark between them.
In the end Elizabeth finds herself torn between helping Aidan overcome his jealousy and anger and giving into what her heart truly wants.
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