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    How Did You Get Published? A Confession From Me...

    May 24, 2016

    I’ve decided to write this blog post because I’m asked this question ALL THE TIME. More than asking me what new projects I have, or asking me questions about my published novels, people ask me how I got published. Most writers want to know because they want advice. So here it goes. First off, I didn’t get published. An entire team of people got published. I'd be nothing without all of them. And it didn’t happen without T.I.M.E, or as the acronym I use, because all government employees know it’s all about the acronyms, tears, improvement, motivation, endurance. It all began when I pulled a dusty old manuscript I’d written ten years earlier out of a drawer in 2012 and decided to do something with it. I completed a rewrite, and one year later, in the summer of 2013, I made a connection with a brilliant woman by happenstance. Ms. Andrea Hurst, President of Andrea Hurst & Associates, picked my manuscript up out of her slush pile, and instead of just plainly rejecting it as most literary agents as fabulous as Andrea would, she contacted me with another option. “You have the making of a wonderful romance here,” I remember her saying. “It just needs some work. I’d love to help you with that.” A developmental edit, a few line edits, and a title change later I submitted by first novel, Sins Amongst the Cotton Dust, to Dream Big Publishing in the winter of 2014. The book released in June of 2015. My 2nd novel is available for purchase June 10, 2016. Since my first encounter with Andrea, I’ve come to appreciate all the hard work and inspiration that editors, agents, and fellow authors bring to me. I have developed many invaluable relationships. I've created profession connections with many that I consider to be the best of the best in the business. (I may be bias.) They are the reason I am a published author. It isn’t because I’m some wonderful writer. It isn’t even because I’m a decent writer. It’s because I’ve had a superb support team of people who’ve been there to push me onward even when things seemed bleak. So from me to you, because I know if you are reading this you, too, are seeking a great support team, I am providing links to some of the incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past four years and beyond. Do not be afraid to take constructive criticism; it’s what will make you a better writer. Head the advice of anyone willing to lend a hand to you. Most importantly, know that no manuscript is final until it’s published. There is always room for change, improvement, and growth. All that said I’ll leave you with this last piece of advice from the brilliant Robert Cormier. “The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Yolonda Sweitzer

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