Winners of Free tote bags filled with books are:
Drumroll please!!!! Debbie Mitchell and Rhonda !!! By the way, I used Random.org to generate the winners. We had 24 people who entered and over 77 reviews!! Thank you all so much!!
I get a lot of emails from writers who want to know how they can get published. I mean, I get A LOT!! I try to answer them as honestly as I can, but to be honest, I'm sure I sound discouraging. Let's face it, nothing worthwhile in this life is easy. There are no tricks or shortcuts to publication, no magic wands or potions that can transform your manuscript into gold. Yes, there are the success stories of Harry Potter and the Twilight series, but most of us aren't going to write a best-seller the first time around (And then have movies made of them!!!)
After you've learned how to write, then there's the research! I don't care if your story is contemporary or historical, unless it's set in the town you grew up in, chances are you're going to need to research. You can't short cut and gloss over details in a book. If you have a scene with a pilot flying an airplane that crashes, you're going to need to know what the cockpit looks like, how to fly, what to do in an emergency, what the tower would say, what the pilot would say. Just like I have to know what a captain would say aboard a ship during battle. Think all this is easy to find out? It's not! It takes hard work! Uggg.. did I say that 'Work' word again?
The thing about being a writer is, even after you do all of the above and write a glorious masterpiece, there are no guarantees it will ever see the light of day. It's like delivering a baby and never being able to take it home from the hospital! How unfair!!!
Like an infant who continually wakes you up at night to be fed, you'll soon discover how unnerving the dreaded Deadline is! Then, what about when your baby throws up all over your new silk sweater or poops on your wool pants. Those are akin to the bad reviews and bad sales numbers your books receive.