Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Flipping the Writing Coin: Debut

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my inaugural post. My name’s Pamela Turner (Pam) and I’m addicted to writing challenges.

(Looks around.) Whoops. Okay. Wrong venue. Where was I?

Oh, right...

Break out the champagne! My first book, Death Sword, a paranormal/urban fantasy short novel is officially available for sale. And yes, I’m stoked.

Also as nervous as a kitten in a rocking chair factory.

You see, first releases are special. There will never be another debut novel. It’s that moment when the writer crosses the line between unpublished to published and is granted all the honors and responsibilities that accompany such an achievement.

One of those responsibilities is respecting other people’s opinions about your story, even if they don’t like it. You’ve probably heard of authors encouraging their readers to post negative reviews on their rival’s Amazon page or ranting against reviewers if they don’t agree with their opinions, etc.

I’m not saying all writers are egotistical but you have to have some chutzpah to survive the world of publishing. Not only the aforementioned negative reviews but the impersonal rejection letters dashed off by harried editors and agents.

The sooner you accept that these situations can and probably will happen to you, dear writer, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with them.

See you next Tuesday for another flip of the writing coin.


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