Throughout my journey as a fledgling author, I have encountered many encouraging people along the way. In the initial stages of writing it was friends and family who were at the forefront of my support team. As I talked more about my writing progress, my circle of support grew much bigger and began to gather friends whom I have never met face to face but have become friends through this blog.
The nice thing about friends is that they have other friends, and some of those friends can provide a wealth of knowledge about the very thing that I am most passionate about – writing. Yesterday, I met one of those people. She was able to give me a much more extensive view into the publishing world since she has two published novels and a third is due out in October of 2018.
During our conversation, she was more than just supportive, she was engaging. She gave me some great insight into ways that I can establish more connections and receive some honest opinions about my writing. She told me about her journey through publishing and made me have faith that the rocky roads I will face in wanting to be published can quite possibly pave the way to eventual success. And the one thing she told me that I will continue to hold onto is to never give up.
The best thing I have learned about this process is to take advice, to take lots of advice. Some of it may have no bearing on my path or my success, but at least I can face the daunting task of publishing with as much information in my arsenal as I can get.
The two most important things I have going for me are tenacity and an extreme desire to succeed. If I can keep meeting the right people and following the right path, I just might find that success.