As writers, we are often seen as having this pie in the sky dream and ambition. We believe we can sell 1,000 copies of our book in the first year. We believe we can build a tribe of fanatical, dedicated readers. We believe that someday we will make the New York Times bestseller list.
And we can accomplish all these things. However, for some of us it hasn’t always been this way. For many of us, we have been dreaming of being a published author for years, but it took that one catalyst to get us to actually sit down and start.
What Was Your Catalyst To Start Writing Professionally?
I have wanted to be an author since I was nine years old. I grew up with a lot of naysayers on my Dad’s side of the family, but I pretty much let it go in one ear and out the other. As I got older, I had to figure out how I was going to do this.
Not so much write, but get published. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go the traditional route, but I also didn’t have money to pay a vanity publisher either. I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to have 100+ copies of my books that may or may not sell. So I kept writing and sat on it for awhile.
It wasn’t until January 1, 2014 that I saw this segment on CBS This Morning and it totally changed my life.
Did I want to write steamy romances like Jasinda Wilder? No, not at all. It was the inspiration of her story and the realization that I could self-publish on my own that blew me away. I wasn’t even familiar with self-publishing or knew what Smashwords (an e-book publishing platform) was.
I made up my mind that day that in a year I would publish my first book. Like with most things, there was a learning curve, but a year and three months later I published my first book of poetry. Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise was published on March 21, 2015.
It was a proud and humbling moment for me to see my first book go out in the world. Still, I think ‘What if I never saw that story?…” Would I still have published a book eventually or would I still be sitting on my laurels and dreaming? I would like to think not, but who knows?
So, what is/was your catalyst to start writing professionally? I would love to hear your stories in the comments.