As I sit and reflect on the load that I currently have on my plate, I’m amazed at how my desire to attain my goals fuel me. Working on my second master’s, this one in communication, I’m inundated with readings, research papers, and exams, and I still manage to find time to write romance fiction.
At the beginning of the year, I was determined to take my thesis novel, a multicultural romantic suspsense, from my first master’s, which was completed at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and query it to a variety of publishers both large and small, traditional and digital. I toggled between the idea of self-publishing and traditional publishing for months, even going so far as to have a cover created for my book through Fiverr in the event I decided to take a leap of faith into the self-pub arena.
2015 was a difficult year and I wanted 2016 to be better. So, I worked diligently on my query letter and my synopsis, writing and rewriting them both until I felt they were good enough to go to a publisher. I then created an excel spreadsheet to keep track of all the queries I sent out and made little remarks as to my feelings toward the submission.
For some reason this time around, the rejection letters didn’t upset me. The first time around, right after I graduated with an MFA in Popular Fiction Writing, I was disappointed and took it personally, but this time, I was more determined. When I received a rejection letter, I annotated it in my excel spreadsheet then returned to writing the second book of my series. I have some promising prospects and hope I get to share some exciting news. But if not, I’ll keep on writing because its in my blood and it has been ever since I was a little girl in the 5th grade.
So, I’ll continue with grad school and will continue being the worn and weary mother of four energetic boys, a wife and above all a writer because dreams don’t come true by sitting on the sidelines, they come by working hard and never forgetting that all things are possible.