I am probably the newest member around here and am sad to see Genreality go. I was thrilled when Sasha asked me to join in. A place to talk about writing or publishing or anything I felt I needed to say? So amazing. Getting to be a part of something great with these fine authors? Priceless.
2012 was a good professional year for me. I had many releases and signed new contracts. I also signed on with a new publisher, Berkley, and agent. I have high hopes for 2013 as well, but we’ll see. Truth is, some of that is out of my control but a lot is wthin it. I know I need to write and read and write even more. Continuing to treat this as the business it is the key for me. I actually mentioned to someone yesterday about being ready to get back to work now that the holiday is over. The person, well-meaning but not exactly tactful, laughed and gave me the “did you get a job?” thing. Yeah, I have a job. A great job where I set my schedule and get to work from the couch. But it is work and I have to do it, and be serious about it, because no one is going to do it for me and the mortgage company doesn’t except free ebooks as payment. Oh, how I wish…
My final advice is simple. I recently spoke at the UC Riverside MFA program and said:
I don’t believe ‘writers’ block’ exists, if it doesn’t exist it can’t be in my house. When I get stuck on a scene, I just keep writing – I can fix stuck, I can’t fix blank.
I truly believe that. So keep writing, keep believing and don’t let doubt and excuses derail you.
Best wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous 2013!