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For perspiring authors

When you attend book/writer conventions, you must wear a name tag, and frequently underneath your name will be the following descriptive “Aspiring Author”. 

Oh, boy did I hate that.

To me, the whole ‘aspiring’ adjective felt a little too airy-fairy, as if I sat around on a lounge chair and pondered a writing career. If they had to use an adjective, I wish they’d use ‘perspiring’.  Because that’s what you do as you struggle to get published. You sweat over every page, clunky pitch and awkward query letter. 

I have tracked my progress from couch potato extraordinaire to budding writer to published in my blog. You can follow the earlier part of my journey through these posts:

And this, the cherry on the sundae – We sold Hedi’s Book of Rules

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  • Posted May 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I very much enjoy your blog. So funny! Plus, you remind me of myself — at least the perspiring part.

    I’ll keep checking back to see what happens next.

  • Posted October 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    What an absolutely wonderful, warm and intelligent blog. Of great relevance to me too, as I’m just starting out with this whole author lark after years of copywriting and editing for other people. And I thought that was hard graft… But, on the plus side, this is harder, yes, but I’m loving it. Does this make me a necessary masochist, I wonder?

    I hadn’t come across your work before but I adore anything fae-related in particular, so will now explore. You are duly bookmarked.

    Thank you so much for sharing your own journey. x

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