Happy New Year to my loyal blog readers. I wish each of you the very best in 2009.
When I began writing with a goal of publication in January 2006, I knew next to nothing about craft or the publishing world. My work screamed newbie. When I showed my my first chapter to a dear friend, she had a hard time reading it. Why? Because I didn’t even know enough to enclose dialogue in quotation marks. I had so much to learn.
The Value of Friends
One of the things I’ve learned is how important it is to have writer friends who are partners on the journey. Only those who are traveling this sometimes bumpy road to publication can fully understand the ups and downs we experience.
For two years I wrote in isolation. I knew not one other romance writer. But all that changed in March 2008 when I finaled in the Golden Heart®. I discovered a whole new world filled with wonderful people who share my passion for writing romance.
I went from friend-starved to friend-rich as I explored that exciting place where writers connect: Cyberspace. The learning curve was steep as I shifted from impulse to warp drive. When I compare who I was—a lonely writer who thought she was doing well to answer email from a handful of friends—to who I am today, I’m amazed.
In the span of a few short months, I started two blogs, set up my Web site, joined several online writers groups, began attending my local Romance Writers of America® chapter meetings and attended my first RWA® Nationals.
All that was fun as well as stretching, but the best part by far was meeting so many wonderful women (and a few brave men—Hi, Walt). I’m doing my best to enjoy the journey. Sharing it with you is one of the highlights.
Sharing in Your Journey
I’d love to hear what you’ve accomplished. Have you completed a manuscript? Did you sign with an agent? And if you get or have gotten The Call, leave a comment to let me know so I can whoop and holler along with you. I do a rousing happy dance that sends my two orange cats running, and I’d be delighted to do a few turns around the house in your honor.
Here’s to a new year filled with good friends, good fun and plenty of good news.