Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I'm back from a short vacation. While I was away, I decided to take some advice offered by Marcia Colette at her blog and start learning about the publishing business itself.

I've already learned an important lesson, patience. Nothing happens with the speed of lighting. Last year I submitted my short story "Raven's Transformation" for publication in an anthology. It was accepted but, it hasn't been released yet. Hopefully, Nov. 20th it will be released.

Back to learning about the publishing business, I picked up several writing journals and books on writing markets. The journals offer a lot of good advise for new writers like myself trying to establish a writing career.

I plan on going to more writer conventions in the future also. At Raven Con last year, it was a pleasant surprise to find that most writers/authors seem to really want to help up and coming writers. It was also cool that I got to see Marcia leading a panel.

I hope by learning as much as I can about the business itself, I'll be able to better present myself as a serious writer and avoid some mistakes I may have otherwise made. I'll keep you posted!


Magaly Guerrero said...

It seems like everybody is taking Marcia's advise lol. I register for classes; Jan 28th is my big day. I took Marcia's advise and will work toward a Publishing Certificate, while working on my Creative Writing degree.

I learned something from another writing friend too *wink, wink* work on my writing hard and diligently... and be patient.

Melissa Carmichael said...

I've been looking into taking some classes too. I'm taking Marcia's advise too.

I figure the two things I can control is my writing and being as prepared as I can with as much information about publishing as I can:)

Glad to hear you are working towards your Creative Writing degree.

Marcia Colette said...

Dang. You kids are flattering me to the point of tears. I'm blamin it on the hormones. ;-)

All I'm trying to do is keep people from making the same mistakes I have in this business. Sort of like, if I can save one person's sanity, then every horror I've been through is worth it.

Melissa Carmichael said...

When I first started Nursing, my patients would try to tell me things to help but, I didn't listen. I thought I knew more than they did. It didn't take me long to learn that they knew they're bodies better than I did.

The lesson that I learned from that was to listen to people when they're trying to offer advise.

Listening to advise is how I got my first story published!

See, I'm not a slow leak!