We’ve reached the end of the Alphabet Blog Challenge! Thanks very much to Arlee Bird of tossing it out for proposing it to us. I’ve found some new blogs to read.
Thanks also to everyone who stopped by to read mine. I appreciate your comments. I hope to see you back again soon!
I’ve been tested by posting every day. Sometimes I’ve had to ask friends and colleagues for suggestions, and they’ve come through wonderfully. I tried to acknowledge their suggestions. I’ve decided to post at least three times a week and continue my tradition of Saturday’s post being about whatever I want. If it’s a writing or art subject, fine; if not, I’ll try to make it entertaining. But I won’t bore you with too much personal junk, I promise.
I call this post Zygote because if you use a baby as an analogy, that’s where my writing career is right now. It’s not even into fetal stage yet. I have only published one story so far, in my school literary magazine, but I count that. It’s an unusual story; you can check it out on the Read Me page. I liked it, and the editors of the magazine claimed they did also.
In the zygote stage, it’s easy to get discouraged. Sending out queries or submissions with only rejections or no reply at all (another rejection) wearies a person. But it’s the only way to do it. It will pay off when (not if!) I get where I’m going. I refuse to give up, because I’m nothing if not persistent. Maybe I have no other purpose on this earth, but I can’t believe I’ve been given an ability I’m not meant to use. In the meantime, I’m learning.
To succeed as a writer or artist, you must be able to admit that you don’t know everything. I thought I was good and I’m not bad, but there is much I can do to make my work better. You shouldn’t be afraid to seek out those things, whether it’s marketing advice or craft.
Learn as much as you can about the business end of things. There’s a ton of info out there on the Internet. Let’s face it; in today’s world, if you’re not on the Net you’re not going to be able to keep up. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, websites all help writers to gain readers and promote their work.
Most of those who have run the gauntlet that is the publishing process are kind enough to share the perils and pitfalls with the rest of us, and this little zygote is very grateful to them. People have no idea how writing works, and publishing even less. It makes doing the initial work to get your career off the ground that much more frustrating.
I’ll keep you updated on my journey. Until then I’ll attempt to be as entertaining and informative as I can. See you next time!