10 Things I wish I knew before I became a published Author
by author Josi S. Kilpack
1—The glamorous moments are few and far between. Save for a snazzy event or two every year, most of my “Author Time” is spent in my pajamas with my hair pulled out of my face with stretchy headband.
2—I often like fictional characters better than a lot of real people and sometimes find myself dreaming about revising some of the real people in my life. If only it were that easy!
3—Being published did not end rejection. Instead, it opened the floodgates for every reader to point out what they didn’t like on Goodreads, Amazon, Library Thing, etc. And my skin was not made instantly thicker simply because I had an ISBN number attached to a story.
4—There is no end to the writing. I bask in the glory of being finished with a book for about...two days, but then it’s time to get to work on the next one. While writing is ultimately flexible, it also follows me everywhere I go and it’s very hard to hide from.
5—For every person impressed with what I’ve accomplished, there is someone else threatened by it. When the threatened individual is someone you love, it’s a mighty painful realization.
6—Twelve years into this writing thing, most of my very best friends are also writers. I had never considered the treasure trove of friends I would meet through my writing.
7—Just because you love something doesn’t mean you’re good at it. Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you enjoy it all the time. Just because you don’t enjoy it all the time doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.
8—Being published is the beginning of a different journey. It comes with new goals, new challenges, new moments of triumph and new reasons to feel self doubt. I have grown far more as a writer AFTER having published my first book than I grew on my way to publication.
9—There are few things more sustaining than a quick comment from a reader who enjoyed your book enough to tell you so—especially on days when the words are not coming easily.
10—Being published, while wonderful, will never be enough in and of itself, especially if I allow that writing to destroy relationships, ethics, and other areas of self-improvement. It’s an amazing part of my life, but the day it becomes my whole life is the day I know I’ve failed terribly.
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