I’ve been on my Book Quest Journey for about 2 years now. Yes, it’s been a long road. And, there is so much more to this than merely writing my manuscript. Writing the book was the easy part, I think. The story, the characters, the setting, and the drama – it was all there for the taking to tell. The hard and longer work has been: the editing, the social media, the networking, and finally the pursuit of publishing – which is where I am now.
I’ve spent a few months querying literary agents and traditional publishers and came up empty handed. But I had to try. I was told to expect the rejections. It isn’t uncommon for a first time author. I’ve had face to face conversations with several well known authors: Philadelphia’s own Lisa Scottoline, Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, Love” book & movie fame and TV news person and author, LuAnne Cahn. All of these women forewarned me of the difficulty that a new author faces in trying to obtain a book contract with a traditional publisher. They all advised me to be persistent in reaching for my goals (or the brass ring as they say).
As a result, I have moved on to the self publishing option, which is the logical choice for a new author in the 21st century. I have put Changed by Chance…Champion by Choice out there to a short list of self publishing firms. The feedback from these firms has been entirely different and so positive. Self publishing houses’ goals are to help first time authors get published and out there to tell their stories. I am considering a couple of proposals now and am getting re-energized on my journey knowing that my brass ring will be in sight soon – in other words, that my book will finally be published in a few months.
Here is an excerpt from comments from one of the publishers about my book:
Rationale behind recommendation: “We were immediately and continuously engrossed in your personal narrative. Written in the present tense, with background stories seamlessly woven in, we feel as though we are taking a journey with you, experiencing your profound love, feeling the extent of your loss, and learning life’s lessons by your side. You have successfully created yourself into a well-rounded character and your life into an engaging story. Most importantly, you maintain enough distance from “Liz,” the character in that story, to allow us our own interpretation of the novel’s theme and moral significance.”
Next steps: “We believe your memoir is ready to be proofread and prepared for publication. We’d be excited to continue on this journey with you…”
I am so excited about sharing my personal story with all of you. Many of you will see yourselves in the story. And everyone will understand more about the mystical parts of the past, present and future of this story.