When I told people I wanted to be an author, it wasn't as though I had told them
I wanted to be the next big movie star and they'd say, "Good luck with that."
No, they'd smile and say, "I want a copy of your first book," even if they'd
never read anything I'd written.
That's the thing about writing...people see it as an attainable goal, because
you can do it anywhere. You don't have to move to Hollywood or New York City,
you can do it from the comfort of your own home no matter what city you live in.
However, just like with any calling or dream, you have to work at it. When I got
to the age where I could really dive into my writing, I didn't know where to
start. So the following are things to do if youâ€™re just beginning your writing
I'll admit that sometimes when I read books by my favorite authors, I feel pangs
of jealousy because I think I'll never be as good of a writer as they are.
However, by reading their books, I get great ideas and it pushes me to become a
NBA players didn't get to the big leagues overnight. They practiced any chance
they got and continue to do so. The same goes for writers. You won't get
anywhere if you don't practice. E-mails, journaling, blog posts, even text
messages can be considered practice. Then you can work your way up to short
stories and eventually you'll write your first novel.
After you've written your novel and you've had it critiqued and edited, research
publishers or agents that represent books in your genre. Many publishers don't
take unsolicited manuscripts, so your best bet is an agent. A great site to use
is agentquery.com. But make
sure before you start sending off your manuscript that you have a fantastic
query letter. That's your resume, and just like with trying to get a job, if
yours doesn't stand out then it gets shoved to the bottom of the pile.
Ever been offered a job based on connections you had with the company? Well, the
writing world is full of connections as well. Sometimes just having one small
connection to a writer or publisher gets your foot in the door. In order to find
those connections, go to writer's conferences, join local writing chapters in
your town, and get involved in social media forums.
Kelsey Norman is a Kansas native living in Colorado with her husband and
daughter. When Kelsey isn't writing, she enjoys spending time outdoors and
reading. Kelsey's been writing stories since she was a little girl, and wrote
her first full-length novel when she was sixteen. She's been pursuing her dream
Nina and Liam are finally together, but at what cost to their future?
Nina Anderson is free of the man who hurt her for so many years. Now she can
throw her whole heart into a relationship with her unearthly protector, Liam.
She's thankful for the time she's been given with him but hates the
restrictions. Nina is determined to find a way to make Liam human, even if it
means putting her own life in jeopardy.
Liam would give anything to be with Nina permanently, so when he's offered an
assignment to investigate strange occurrences around Despair, he jumps at the
chance. It appears to be an outbreak of crime, until he discovers that evil
forces, called Rogues, are taking over human souls and forcing them to commit
unspeakable crimes. Liam must race against time to save the woman he loves as
well as the town heâ€™s come to call his own.
Will Liam and Ninaâ€™s relationship withstand the incoming turmoil? Or will
they be forced to make choices that will keep them apart forever?
After years of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, sheâ€™s finally free.
Determined to get back on her feet, sheâ€™s left her past in New York City behind
for a fresh start on her grandparentsâ€™ farm in Despair, Kansas. Even though,
Jeremy, the man Nina thought she loved is in prison fifteen hundred miles away,
sheâ€™s still haunted by nightmares.
Liam, a mysterious man called a Martyr, appears without warning or
explanation. Heâ€™s been sent to serve as Ninaâ€™s protector and to help her with an
event that is to occur in the near future. The catch is, Liam doesnâ€™t know what
it is or when it will take placeâ€”or that his future and hers will be challenged
and changed as a result.
Ninaâ€™s annoyed at first that Liam is by her side nearly every minute of the
day, but over time her attraction grows for the unearthly man who treats her
with the respect sheâ€™s always wanted. The scars of her past have made her feel
unworthy of love. Does Liam have the power to show Nina she's deserving, and can
God restore the faith she once knew that Jeremy nearly destroyed?
Thank you for sharing the journey! I LOVE to read and always wondered if I could write as enthusiastically as I read LOL - the only way would be to try, of course! (Felicia Ciaudelli 8:41am April 24, 2017)
Reading more. Thanks for the chance to win! (Natasha Donohoo 7:55pm April 24, 2017)
A good goal is being kinder to all!! (Jean Benedict 1:25pm April 25, 2017)
In my 60s, my goal is to hold the fort as long as I can. (Deb Philippon 4:31pm April 25, 2017)