Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The writers game

Well I did it. 
A couple of days ago I buckled up the courage and clicked that daunting 'send' button, submitting my manuscript for a new book.
By the end of the day I discovered that it was approved for the ‘E’ version.


But, now a more painful task awaits me. I get to wait out the gruesome days until I am informed whether or not the very same manuscript will be accepted by the publisher for print and I can actually, someday, hold a copy of my own work in my hands. 

I’ve already checked my email at least a dozen times. No email from him yet.

Even better than that, if it does get approved then I get to force feed my friends and family this glorious information. At which point I also get to start groveling and begging these poor people to help me force feed my book to everyone they know who might, even remotely, be interested in what I have to write about. 

Now all the self doubt that I have been denying myself for weeks as I worked myself into a fit, finishing and polishing this love of mine, has come to the forefront in full force. I had a sleepless night last night, lying in my comfy bed wondering quietly “Why would anyone that knows me want to read what I’ve written? What have I done?”

I must be realistic. It’s a work of fiction. A story I thought up, a place I invented, told about people who only exist inside my mind. Do I think it’s a good story? Yes, I really do. 

Can I convince other people that it’s a good story? I’m really not sure.  
Not until I get someone else to actually read it. I understand and accept that I am a writer, I am not a salesperson and I am not good at publicizing my work. 

I can only hope that out of the billions, yes billions, of people living on this planet right now, that some of them would have the same taste in books that I do and find it to be just a wonderful as I think it is.  That's plausible and realistic. Right? 

God, I can’t think about this anymore right now.
I’m going to go sit outside for a while with a hot cup of something and watch as autumn falls away and winter tries to arrive. I need to avoid my computer for some time today.

I’ve checked my email again since starting this entry. 

Thanks for listening,


Tuesday, November 29, 2011


‘The Drive’ is a true page turner into the dangerous and unexpected. Marvelously well written, this is an astounding story with an absolutely rich and intriguing plot that doesn’t disappoint. Each chapter will keep you pinned to your seat, then leaves you breathless with a heart wrenching surprise ending.