By Patricia Bradley
The day this posts my tenth novel, Justice Delivered will release. For the previous 5 years I have been living my dream of getting a writer published writer. I’ve been a writer substantially longer. Substantially longer.
As I believed about this tenth book, I believed about all the factors I wished I’d recognized when I initially began writing a lot of years ago, so I decided to create my unpublished self a letter.
You didn’t know it was going to take so extended to get a book published, did you? Would you have kept writing if you had? Or would you have thrown up your hands and mentioned that is as well extended and as well tough? I know you have been tempted a couple of instances. What a shame it would have been.
Hunting back, I can see a couple of locations exactly where you could have produced the journey less complicated. Like if you had connected with other writers earlier, gotten into a critique group, or attended a couple of conferences. But I understand it wasn’t generally an choice. It is less complicated now, with the Online to connect with other writers. And these self-imposed deadlines could have been a tiny tighter. That discipline would have genuinely helped when the publisher’s deadlines began coming.
But you did a couple of factors ideal. Like taking classes, which I continue to do even now. And you lastly have been capable to attend conferences exactly where you met your agent…of course you didn’t understand it would take you 5 years to finish that manuscript she requested, but you lastly did and she accepted you. *Note to self: do not submit a book ahead of you are prepared.
You kept understanding the craft, so that when God opened the door for publication, you have been prepared to stroll by way of it. Of course, you nonetheless had a lot to find out and every single book has taught you anything new. And when I commence our twelfth book given that 2013, I’ll find out anything new once more.
I want you to know that when you get a publishing contract, all the things alterations. Oh, not the excitement about writing, but the realization that you have a duty now to turn in a clean manuscript on time—writing is no longer anything you do when you have time. Now you ought to make time for it. Writing is a job other men and women are based on you to do what you say you will do. That signifies that when a pal calls and desires to do lunch, you will not generally be out there. It will not be quick, but then, I do not suppose any target is quick.
Thank you for sticking to it. It is been a fantastic journey, even the pre-pub days.
Your older and wiser (hopefully) self
Carol finalist and winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Selection Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy. Her romantic suspense books include things like the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. Justice Delivered, her fourth Cold Case Novel releases April five, 2019. Connect with Patricia on her weblog, Facebook and Twitter @ptbradley1.