Signs of the times

It seems that in the last few years, the bulk of my signed books I pick up at author events have some variation of “good luck with your own book” or “can’t wait to see your book in stores.” While on one hands it’s very cool to be viewed as a legitimate writer to my professional peers and idols, the other, more bitter part of me seems to wonder if that’s as close as I’m going to come.

These author events always play duel roles on my emotions. They encourage me to keep writing and give me a glimpse of the life I know I want, and it’s also fun to see old friends and catch up and chat over drinks. But it also just reminds me how far away I am from achieving my dreams. I don’t know if it’s worse to be at the very beginning with no idea how long the process is, or be where I am where I know I’m getting close, but know I’ve still got to have an immense amount of patience. How did you guys handle it before you published your first book? Or for those of you who aren’t published yet, how do you get through these bouts?

I’d also like to take a moment to thank Robin and Jamie Agnew of Aunt Agatha’s books who picked up dinner and the first couple rounds and the Michael Koryta who kept me at the table until nearly 2am and paid for the rest of the rounds.

7 thoughts on “Signs of the times

  1. First, keep sticking to the writing and it WILL happen.On my side of the coin I love attending signings and making new friends and keeping in contact with my author friends. As much as I would like to write a novel it is not my main goal in life. I write for own pleasure or to work through situations I’m dealing with. Still many of the authors I know inspire and encourage me to continue writing and many of them have responded positively to what I have written. I thank them for that imput.So, keep plugging away.

  2. I went through that and then I realized that I just want to write, no matter what form, what topic, what subject, what have you. Plus I’m picky and discerning and what is the point of debuting with nothing less than a dynamite book, so it really doesn’t matter what people say, only what YOU decide to do or feel.

  3. I think it’s helped that there have been a lot of other things in my life besides chasing a book deal. That puts things in perspective. If a book deal doesn’t happen, that’s okay; I’ve had a lot of fun (and improved) along the way. … I think you’re doing this the right way. Just keep writing, and be sure you’re having fun.

  4. Ever heard “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel? The lines that keep coming back to me when I’m discouraged are these:”In a clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade, and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame, ‘I am leaving. I am leaving.’ But the fighter still remains.

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