Will Write For Work

Posted: February 6, 2012 in Life
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Back last June, I wrote a blog that contained my bucket list. 18 things I wanted to have accomplished by the time it’s all said and done. Take a look if you want, I think as far as bucket lists go—mine’s pretty awesome.

I’m bringing all of this back up because I’ve decided to really dedicate some time to #16: Get a short story or book published. Some of you have read excerpts from it, some of you are laughing right now thinking that naturally every blog writer wants to become a big time writer, and some of you are nodding commendably.

Obviously, I’m a writer—although some days I write better than others. But what some of you may not know is that back in 2009 I started writing a book. It’s a total girl book, but is loosely based on things that have happened to me—and some of my characters are kind of a conglomeration of different people I know. No one character is EXACTLY like anyone I know—but they possess different characteristics from different people.

I went so far as to contact an up and coming writer named Jane Berentson. I had just finished her freshman novel, Miss Harper Can Do It—and I could tell by reading it, that she had written like she would talk. She wasn’t much older than me and we seemed to have similar writing styles, so I sent her an email. To my surprise, she emailed me back and not only thanked me for the kind words I had for her book—but offered more pointers than any website I’ve ever come across.

I have all the information I need right at my fingertips—now I just have to do it. I’m well aware that I’m going to get rejection letter, after rejection letter—and that’s not being negative, that’s  how it goes in the publishing world. You find me a writer who has never had ONE rejection letter and I’ll give you 50% of the royalties from my first book.

Maybe my dream of being a writer is outrageous—but to me, getting published and being a successful writer would be amazing. Get paid to sit around and write? Where do I sign up?!?!

We’ll see what happens. I have some awesome leads thanks to Jane, and if I can just figure out how I want my book to end—I can get the publishing ball rolling. I know it won’t be easy, but at the end of the day I want to be able to say I tried. Who knows? Maybe I have a bestseller on my hands. Maybe all the rest of the things on my bucket list that take money to do can be taken care of by my book. Or maybe I try for years and years to get someone to publish it. Either way, I want to see this through. People warn you not to set your goals too high—and for me, someone who takes great joy in writing things for people every day, this is one goal that isn’t too high. It’s absolutely achievable in my mind—and it’s thanks to the support of you guys and this blog that I feel that way.

Stay tuned!

  1. Jill E. Ford says:

    You go girl!!! Love your idea’s.

  2. wmarsau says:

    You are a great writer. I think the sky is the limit for you when it comes to this!

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