Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FUELING UP FOR THE DAY!

First day of school for the girls. It's a busy day for them and me. First lots to do on the home front. You know, the real world taking priority over my writing work. I've told my friends and family that I'm ready to take the plunge and start submitting stories. Who me, nervous? (She types with trembling fingers.) Getting ready to submit means a lot of late nights editing, polishing, writing a detail synopsis and perfecting my all important agent snagging query letter. Still have to work the day job. (that's what's paying the bills.) I will admit, I've been procrastinating for fear of rejection. My super awesome friend Marcia has been encouraging, telling me to go for it. (Thank you Marcia.)

This new stage of my writing reminds me of my very first story submission. I was writing the manuscript (that I am now ready to start submitting) when I came up with the character Raven. I wanted to stop writing Cursed Blood and start writing Raven. My BFF 2 said no! Write a few notes and a short story then go back and finish Cursed Blood. BFF 1 had to practically twist my arm to get me to submit my story. I did and "Raven's Transformation" became my very first published work! Thank you BFF 1 and 2. I also have to send a thank you to Marcia for giving me the heads up on a potential publisher that was looking for  short stories for their anthology Abaculus III. I really feel blessed. I had only writen  and completed 2 short stories and only submitted twice before getting published for the first time.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share some good news. Marcia Colette. (Author and friend extraordinaire) and just sold her first YA Paranormal, The Spider Inside Her! Head on over to Marcia's blog site to read her news first hand. http://marciacolette.wordpress.com/

Later,
Melissa

P.S. Yeah, that's me with my new ultra short haircut:)

2 comments:

jo said...

get to writing and sending girly!!! love you!

Melissa Carmichael said...

I am! Thanks for the push though.