Publishing Kitt

Publishing Kitt: You don’t have to be alone.

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And you’re not alone!

Yesterday I attended an inter-generation event called ‘Bridge the Gap’ and a poet/writer that I have recently met was there also. We had a fantastic conversation about the road to getting published and just by talking to Nina I realised something, publishing is not something you have to be alone in and you are not alone! Just like any new journey the path can be daunting, unexpected and long; throw in a mass of rejection letters and emails and it becomes very harrowing. But,  not only is there hope at the end of the tunnel but there there is help, support and an array of understanding people there every step of the way.

So talk to fellow authors and writers. Even bloggers have to submit their work to get it published on a reputable site. The point is that those who are also on the same road as you know what you are talking about and how you feel, regardless of their genre, age or status, they are still on that same road. So talk to them, they might have some valuable tips and ideas for you and you might even find that have some advice to share with them.

Talk to the ones who have been there and done it! At the beginning of this year I sent a message to my literary idol Jill Mansell. I had asked her for advice about writing and connecting with your characters and whether it’s wrong to stop writing one novel and begin another, honestly I was not expecting a reply. However a few hours later she messaged me back with probably the most precious advice I’ve been given to date and it’s stuck with me ever since. So do reach out to your idols, I’m not suggesting you hound them with messages but even if they are John Grisham, they might reply, they might not. They will most definitely be busy working on a new bestseller but, once you send your message out into the cosmic void, it is there for them to pick up. But most importantly they have been through the exact same journey as us and they know precisely how you are feeling.

So talk to your writing peers, tell them how it’s going, tell them if you’re fed up and worried you’ll never be successful; address those fears and let someone help you. A few words of reassurance, encouragement and inspiration can go a long way when you’re wishing on stars and praying to the gods for your dream career!

Don’t be alone!

Jx

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One thought on “Publishing Kitt: You don’t have to be alone.

  1. Reblogged this on awritersfountain and commented:
    Last Wednesday I attended an event called Bridge the Gap – an intergenerational tea party. I had previously met Jordan in passing, again at the Maya Angelou event which she organised and made it possible for me to attend. During the mingle story-tell we realised there was nowhere new to sit and as we didn’t know each other (and if I am honest with myself – was ALMOST intergenerational) we decided to stay put and I am glad we did (although I am aware that this mingling part was the main point of the event). I read this when it was posted on her blog and am touched, not so long ago it was me talking to others and gleaning the pearls of wisdom. It is also an important idea to keep hold of – writing itself is solitary – but the life of a writer needn’t be. In fact your work may end up richer and more successful from outside support, just ask. It is still your work – you don’t have to take advice offered.

    Authors pay a great deal for these services – and although I wouldn’t wish anyone to be bombarded with piles of manuscripts, helping a little along the way when you have the time can mean the world to the fledging writer – or the experienced writer – there is no point in your writing career where you will be without the need of another pair of eyes.
    Ask – you don’t have to use it!

    Thanks Jordan for this mention and the sweet reminder that we are not alone.

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