Once upon a time, a dream was birthed within her. From the love of stories came the love of creating them, and thus the aspiration to become as eloquent as those well-admired grew to a burning flame. Nothing could stand in the way of passion and determination. Who could stop the flow of creativity, the desire to express the deepest of pains and the highest of joys? Nay, nothing could deter such motivation.
In my previous post I talked about things to do before you get published. In that list I included what I’m doing right now, and that’s submitting short stories to literary magazines. This step is one I’m taking to see if I can build my experience as a writer, get my name out there, and add a little to my bio for future use. Not that you need a sparkling bio, but it doesn’t hurt to have on record that an editor liked your work already!
You’ve finished your first novel, you’ve edited and revised it at least a couple times, and now you want to get it published. You’ve checked and double checked to make sure you didn’t miss a terrible mistake. The feeling of being closer to your dream than you’ve ever been has sunk in and it’s almost too good to be true! You’re one step away from being published, and that step is getting and agent and, well, actually being published!
There’s gotta be more though, right?
I have an exciting treat today, folks! Recently I thought to reach out to someone very special and see if she’d give me the privilege of interviewing her. With high hopes and fidgeting fingers, I awaited her response to my request. Turns out, she agreed! If you haven’t heard of Kristen Kieffer before (which I’m sure you have) then you’ll soon not stop hearing about her!
My last couple of posts have been about why I find it important to get an agent. While I am in the process of this step myself, you’ll learn more about what I learn and experience along the way. However, I wanted to talk about something very specific while we’re here.
Should you have accomplishments, as a writer, before querying?