Life as a Writer

Ever since I was a  young  lady or maybe a little girl (I can’t remember how long ago it was), I have love to write.  I mainly write to escape my every day boring life. I never thought I would write before I teach. I knew it would take money to become a successful writer yet a few years back, I shared one of my stories with a  friend  and she encourage me to get it published. She always had faith in me and she has written  several books before I have, but then it got hard.  How do I find someone who is not a scam to publish my book? I began as a naive and trusting person. I thought I would look in my handy writers market guide book and look up publishers. I had big dreams that Bethany House would consider me, but they  were not accepting submissions. In fact, most don’t without an agent.  I have been told that writing is hard but looking for a publisher is harder. Not many will take on an unknown author.

I went to a prayer group and posted my prayer request. One of the admins suggested I try PublishAmerica. I wish I could have gone with my instinct, but I listened to her.  At first I was excited when my first book was published until later in life I had found out who PublishAmerica really was– a scam publishing group. Of course, there will be those who will argue with me, but I have more than enough evidence to believe that they are. Not only that, but my first book is flawed–Lesson learned.

I am in a  great writers group on facebook and met some wonderful  people there!  Without them, I think I would be lost. I needed  a lot of advice and suggestions because I am new!

Isaiah42:16 states that God will lead blind Israel down unfamiliar paths and smooth out the rough places and I will tell you that the paths I have  trodden down is unfamiliar to me:  Looking for business to let me do book signings, trying to promote my books the best I can are things I have never done! Going into businesses and asking managers if I can do a book signing is unnerving!  I really hate rejections! (Which is why you will never see my be anything like my deceased father– a salesman). Most of the time I had to depend on the leadings of the Holy Spirit.  When I don’t, it does not work out.  For my first book signing, I didn’t ask the Holy Spirit if I should do it in the library. I saw that someone else have done it and decided  to ask if I can have  a book signing in the library. Once again I had high hopes which ended up to be a flop!  A friend told me that it is not about how many books you sell but promoting your book, but what is a book signing if  you sign no books? Grant it I finally got featured in the paper.

I learn from my mistakes and I move on. To be honest, I am glad I did not sell many books since Marge is flawed. (Things I learn after that: You need an editor and a book cover design artist.)

Yes, I thought writing  was easy until I read Slow Your Prose by James W. Lewis. I am finding that I am not really gifted with words. I just write what comes to me. It is easier to tell then to show. Writing sentences with “is” and ” “was:”  “is easier than to write it differently.  I hear this nagging voice that tells me I should  give up, but I know that people will tell me not to.

My second book has been out since November and I have come across some “rough places”  I have waited for several businesses to contact me (after I made follow up calls) and  yet no word. I wanted to give up. However,  I have seen the rough places slowly being smoothed out for me. I have a friend who suggested I try Berean Christian Bookstore and even though I had to go through another channel, I was able to get as far as the manager to at least have 3 of my books ordered   and she would let me know when it comes.

God is good! He will work out all things for me as I continue to trust him to  lead me  down unfamiliar paths. Someday I will have someone edit my manuscript and design my book covers for me at low or no cost. Why? Because I believe God’s divine favor, that is why.



9 thoughts on “Life as a Writer”

  1. Well I am not sure about your website. I tried to share it with my friends but facebook says it has been blocked for being too spammy but thanks fro liking my blog

  2. Dropping by from the blog hop. Nice post Ruth. There’s a lot more to being a writer than most people think and it is definitely not an easy job to do as there are so many different elements to it. There’s no such thing as over-night success either. Even those books by new authors that shoot to the top of the best seller charts have been in the pipeline probably for years with the writers working hard to build a fan base and study their craft.

    If you want to be a writer you need to put in the time and effort and even then no success is guaranteed. You need to be passionate about your work, have fun with it and be dedicated to it.

    1. If you only know my circumstances, Jo. As I said, I wanted to wait until after I teach. I can’t afford to hire an editor and have someone design my book cover, but I know that God has given me a gift and I will use it to the best of my ability. To quote one of my characters. “Not being able to write is like not being able to breathe. If you could read Marge in spite of the flaws, you might find that I am somewhat like her, but not completely.

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