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We often talk about remembering why we write. Maybe it's because we love it, it makes us happy, it's a way to cope, it's purely a creative outlet, it connects us to our inner selves. Whatever the reason, writing is hard, and remembering why we do it when it becomes a struggle can help us get through those tough times.
I think it's just as important to remember why we publish. Because we love it? Because it makes us happy? A way to cope? Um...not quite the same, is it?
While I feel like writing is all about ME and what I want, publishing is all about US. My favorite scene may end up on the cutting room floor, or my favorite character might have to be re-imagined into someone slightly different to suit the story better. I may need to delete or add, edit and rewrite. And rewrite again.
But that's okay.
Because this publishing thing is a shared endeavor, with agents and editors and readers all having a hand in the final product. And that's really exciting when you think about it. When times get tough, that's what I need to remember...I'm publishing because I want to share my story.
I want others to read it and enjoy it, but I also want them to cry and laugh and love the same way I have--and in ways I haven't. I want them to see themselves in my characters and find a similar kind of hope and courage. To have the story touch them in a meaningful way.
Why do you publish (or hope to publish) your writing?
- You can now preorder it for your Kindle or Nook in addition to a beautiful hardcover edition.
- Speaking of beautiful hardcovers...my publisher sent me copies. Aren't they gorgeous? >>>
- You can also read a nice chunk of the first chapter on Goodreads. Just click on the "open preview" tab beneath the book cover.
- REMAKE is on NetGalley.
- I received my first official trade review from Publishers Weekly. While not terrible (phew), it is a bit spoilery. (Fair warning)
- I was spotlighted as part of Utah Book Month.
- Oh, and I'm having a launch party on October 17th at The King's English Bookshop. If you're in Utah, I'd LOVE to see you there!
- And if you're not in Utah, you can still get a personalized signed copy by ordering it at this link and letting them know.
Lay your hand in mine...