Me…an author??

It still seems surreal. In just over two weeks, my very first novel is set to release. I go through the motions of promoting, editing, writing—all the things real authors do—sure all this good fortune belongs to someone else and I will soon wake up to my life as it was.

What will it take before I count myself an author? There have been many high points along the way that left me breathless and doing a little happy dance. Signing with my awesome and hard-working agent, Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency was one of the best. Dawn originally rejected my submission, sending a nice e-mail with several suggestions and offering to reconsider a revision.

So, of course, I filed it away with my other rejections!

Hey, in my defense, I was somewhere in the middle of book two at the time and coming out to revise book one wasn’t high on my list. And besides, I’m an idiot!

About a month later, I found the e-mail in my stack of rejections and went to work revising. I’m so glad I did!

The day Dawn called and told me Avon Impulse was interested in my book, and possibly a series, has to rank right up there toward the top, but still didn’t put AUTHOR behind my name. Although, signing a contract for three books kept me happy-dancing for a while.

Cover art was the next big thing. That was an exciting day!

A few days ago, the very first review for my novel was posted…five out of five stars! Maybe I’m a little closer to being an author than I was, but as far as feeling like one…not so much. Then I started thinking—what’s an author supposed to feel like?

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know several authors via e-mail and Facebook, and the thing that impresses me about each of them is NOT that they’re authors. It’s that they’re real people. They’re grandparents, wives, and parents. They’re pet owners and members of the PTA. They’re supportive, knowledgeable, and willing to help despite their own busy schedules. Yes, they’re authors, and darn good ones, but that’s what they are…not who they are.

So, now I have a new goal. I want to be a really great author just like them.

What’s your goal?

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12 Responses to Me…an author??

  1. Nicole Leiren says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming release! That is so exciting!!

    I enjoyed your blog and agree that authors are some of the kindest and most helpful people around. I have been blessed to meet many wonderful people, both published and unpublished, who aspire to share their stories with the rest of the world.

    As a fan of romantic suspense, I look forward to the read when it’s released!

    Congrats again!

    Nicole

  2. Thanks, Nicole. It’s been quite an experience, and as with most “first times”, I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing! But I’m learning! So glad you stopped by, and that you’ve joined BRLA!

  3. Rachel Brimble says:

    I’ve just pressed ‘send’ on my line edits for book 10 back to my editor and I STILL don’t feel like an author, LOL! Less than two hours ago, I was talking to my kids through gritted teeth to sit still at the table while we were having Sunday lunch at the local pub. That’s who I am – moaning, stressed out mom! My kids will never look as me as an ‘author’ and part of me is more than okay with that.

    I love what I do – I’m an author when i’m with other authors. Otherwise, i’m Rachel Brimble, wife, mom, pet owner, daughter, sister and friend :)

    Enjoy this book, Dixie – it’s going to be the first of a gazillion!!

    Rachel x

  4. With everything you juggle – and with such grace – you are definitely the epitome of a really great author. Thanks, Rachel – and I WILL enjoy this book! As a friend of ours would say – SQUEE!!

  5. Vonnie Davis says:

    Oh, darlin’, I’m still waiting on a three-book deal with Avon!!! Do you know what a coup that was for an unpublished writer? I’m in awe of you and can’t wait to read your book! I have it on pre-order. You are an author. What does an author feel like? Depends on the day. One can feel shocked, elated, worried no one will like it, worried that everyone will like it, but hate every subsequent book you write, overwhelmed with promotion and drained of every word in his or her mind. There is no ONE emotion. So whatever you feel like today is how an author should feel. Wishing you all the best, hon.

  6. Well, most days I feel like I stumbled into a three-book deal with Avon…but I won’t tell them that! Basically, we’re all just human and we worry about all the things that make us human. And I can see by your list I’ve got a few more things to think about that I haven’t worried about yet! So, I’m on it, author or not! Thanks for stopping by, Vonnie, and for your good wishes.

  7. Thanks for allowing us to share your successful journey as a writer. Enjoy every moment. You worked hard for it and deserve the success to come.

  8. Dorothy says:

    Well, I know what it feels like to NOT be an author. I will never be able to make words flow on a page like you do. I even hate writing ‘Thank You’ notes! You have a great talent and the gumption to do all the hard work that that involves. So go ahead and FEEL like an author because that’s what you deserve to do.

  9. Sharon says:

    Hi Dixie,
    Great post! It just goes to show you that all the little corners we peek around in the course of our journey could take us anywhere. A rejection letter that suddenly offers some great advice lands you an agent who made it all happen. I love that kind of kismet! Congrats on your books and a contract most of us dream about! We’re very lucky to be with Dawn. I hear agent horror stories and have nothing by great things to say about my experience at BLRA.
    Sharon

  10. Absolutely, Sharon. I feel very fortunate to have landed at BRLA. One of those meant-to-be things I think.I’m also glad to have met all the people I have through this great adventure. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Awww…but then you can cook and I suck at that! So I guess it’s a trade-off. Thanks, Dorothy!

  12. Thanks, Michael. I love watching the journeys of those ahead of me. It’s a great way to learn…so thank you.

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