Here's my answer...
I can't remember life without a pen. And before that I told stories to puppies and kittens. When I wasn't telling the stories I was listening to them. All this listening and all this writing inevitably lead me to want to write a book.
1st Question: Can I write a book?
It seemed like an unreachable goal. In a blog post I wrote 'even a short book is over 100 pages'.
So how did I achieve this goal?
By writing one short story after another.
2nd Question: Can I sell my book?
As I wrote the final chapter, I worked on the marketing plan. I envisioned my target reader and devised plans to reach her. These plans included a book launch featuring Mayne Island musicians. This book served as an introduce to the publishing industry. I learned what is involved in the publishing and marketing of books. I sold over 200 copies (through several bookstores and directly to readers). Maynely A Mystery was a Mayne Island best seller.
3rd Question: Can I find a publisher?
The success of Maynely A Mystery inspired me to take (what I viewed as) the next step--finding a publisher for The Sweater Curse a novella-length paranormal thriller. Novellas are challenging to place. I searched the Internet. Bono Bookstore (imprint of Decadent Publishing) taught me how to work with a publishing house. My writing benefited at the hands of skilled editors. I worked with other authors to develop marketing plans for our books.
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Sharing my author journey...A black blanket, studded with a sliver moon and twinkling stars covered the earth...
I hadn't set an alarm, but something woke me. Some may call it inspiration, others a muse. Whatever, the result was the same. I wrote. Almost before the thought formed in my head, the words appeared on the page. I snuggled into my pillow and closed my eyes only to open a few minutes later to write another story. And another. The morning light found a picture book and two boards book manuscripts in my bedside notebook. Inspiration... Muse... When they call I listen.
This week's anthem: Roar!