Today is the day I never believed would happen. All the stories and writing I’ve done for years have culminated to this day.
There were times over the last ten years I wondered if I would ever be able to write a novel someone would want to read. When I read of a incident in a family memoir, the Why became my mantra. Why would a town of people turn against a woman and her family? Why would they lie about her? Why would the town priest and officials agree to put her away? These questions wouldn’t let go of me.
What if? Has been a question I think about when I’m looking at a prompt or idea. I applied it to this situation and the story began to unfold.
After writing the story I looked for someone who would read it and would tell me if the story flowed correctly, if it had holes or inconsistencies. After conversing with a new friend who passed on my question to a retired English teacher she returned with a proposition. Would I let their book club read it for a project. I was ecstatic.
The Pear Street Book Club read my manuscript. I can tell you I was nervous as I waited for the women to arrive at the meeting after the month went by. To my amazement each woman greeted me with positive comments. They couldn’t put it down. They had constructive comments and all mentioned the same question I’d not tied up. Their enthusiastic response gave me confidence to begin the process of looking for a publisher.
I sent out queries to a number of agents and publishers. After a few months not one of them responded. Not one rejection letter. It was as if they never got what I sent. Maybe it was for a purpose.
The one thing I knew was essential for me to find was a good editor. I’ve read many self published e books and paperbacks that had me cringing with the common mistakes made by the common writer. I didn’t want to fall in that category.
Facebook for all its issues good and bad you can connect with people. You can network. A publisher, on one of the writing sites I belong to, Beth Prybylski is part of Insomnia-Publishing. I sent her my pitch, synopsis and marketing plan. She asked for a chapter or two to read then the whole manuscript. They loved the story. We came to an agreement and the work began.
Its been a learning process for me and I’m sure for them. Now that my novel is available for purchase the next phase of marketing will begin.