I’d like to think that if I continue writing, a book will magically publish itself within 365 days. As I have lost 30 days already due to a family emergency, this might be harder than I thought. The truth is, I read these blogs about writers that have already got something submitted and are waiting to hear back, and I think, I can do that. Why haven’t I? That is the age-old question of anyone who wants to publish something.
In this day and age you can publish your own book, do an e-book, or pretty much self-promote however you see fit. I want to do things the old-fashioned way. I want to send it to a real live publisher and have a real book I can hold in my hands. How hard can it be? First, I need to make a plan. I’m sure good writers have a plan. That’s got to be why this hasn’t worked out for me. I have no plan whatsoever. Second, I must commit to making this thing happen. Third, I have to write and write and write some more. I have several pieces written, so I need to go back and look at them as well.
I also found this very interesting website and it makes sense…so here you go. I have a plan. Pretty cool. Now I have 100 days left. I can do this if I put my mind to it. The only thing I really want to do is actually submit something. Once I have done that, the rest will be easy. It’s getting that out-of-the-way that helps.
I especially like the advice on day 20 of my plan. My voice is my voice. My style is my style. Since I am running two blogs, my friend once told me she loved reading my posts as she always heard my “voice”. To me, that was one of the highest compliments. I don’t even think she realized how good that made me feel. Day 32 tells me to carry a notepad with me. I love this line “Once you have written it down, you own it.” Ha. I own you.
Day 55 in the above link is particularly funny to me because as I am reading it, I am envisioning a scene from one of favorite childhood movies. “Say your right words…” or something to that effect in Labyrinth. I can see the Goblins peeking out with their huge eyeballs just waiting for Sarah to utter the words. Now that the right word are written, I come to the part that scares me. The “literary agent”. I would have to be a good salesman. I think the work should be able to sell itself, so hopefully that would be the case. Apparently I can’t start out with something like “If Madonna can write a book, so can I.” Hmm. Need a better hook.
Well, there you have it. My plan is ready, now all I have to do is activate it.