As a debut author, it's common to fall into the old adage "you don't know what you don't know." This is compounded when one is starting from outside the industry. If I could just get this rough draft finished, I'll be well on my way, I thought. Funny! True, there is a sense of commitment to your craft, and you do feel as though you're making great strides, but reality sinks in pretty quickly when you suddenly realize how much more goes into a published manuscript.
People spend months, even years, pursuing writing a single book. Questions haunt debut writers: Do I have the talent? Am I wasting my time and money? How do I rise above the enormous crowd of would-be authors to find an agent/publisher that believes in what I've created? What if no one likes my book?
I've started this blog to journal my own personal journey to publication so that I can hold myself accountable, and to commiserate with others on a similar path. Hopefully, we can all find strength from one another, and celebrate each other's achievements as success finds those of us who have the will to overcome the odds.
I'll welcome the adversity, and the failures, as necessary steps toward what I want to accomplish. For me, it's not a matter of If, it's a matter of When. I will not fail because, in my mind, that's not an option. How about you?