Red Writing Hood this week is asking us about our writing goals, 300 words or less.
So I offer the following: Goals and an Update
I can pile my goals up into one lump sum: I want to be a writer by profession. (Readers can check out the epiphany I had on July 3rd of this year.)
Since I made this decision, some very wonderful things have happened. Cameron asked me to lead off her Story Circle for July. I received announcement that both stories I submitted to Precipice were chosen for the inaugural publication. I was asked to offer some guest posts for Write On Edge. And AmyBeth Iverness asked to interview me (as one of the 17 chosen for Precipice) for her blog.
That I am honored by these events is an epic understatement. I’m excited – no, elated – that I have received recognition from some very quality folks within the writing community.
Next on my agenda, to self-publish my novel The Trouble With Henry. Trouble is currently with my editor and good friend. The goal was to have the final edit complete by summer of this year, but life corrupts the best laid plans of mice. Hopefully, we will be able to sit down together soon, brush the dust out of the crevices of the story, apply some finishing touches, and go in search of cover art.
I am approaching self-publishing as a professional should, trading my creative hat for a business hat. It is a slow process for me, because I’m so new to the arena and scared of where the next steps will take me. It is a painful process because each week my parents lean on me, asking me why my editor isn’t done, where my book is, why they can’t purchase 20 copies yet to distribute to their friends.
The tortoise won the race against the hare with a slow and steady pace. I can too.