Musa Publishing has accepted my manuscript. I signed the contract on Friday.
It looks like the novel will be released sometime in October of this year.
I will provide more details as they become available.
I am very happy and I want to thank everyone who has provided me support and encouragement over the years—especially my fellow authors. The people I have met through WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter have been wonderful. I am really glad that I discovered the #amwriting group; reading the posts there about both the tribulations and successes of other authors is inspirational. (And I constantly marvel at the word counts everyone strives for each day!)
In an earlier posting this month ( http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/09/on-writing-writing-inspiration-from-other-authors/ ) I shared some advice from fellow writer Jim Butcher: “*NO ONE* can take your dream away.” I truly believe this and I hope that the readers of my blog do as well.
Perseverance is the key word of the day. Keep at it, keep writing, and do not give up.
Over the years I have collected quite a bookmark list of web sites by successful authors. I enjoy reading (and re-reading) them, and many times I will put their advice into practice.
Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files, gives this writing advice in “The Most Important Thing an Aspiring Author Needs to Know:”
Writing is a LOT of work. Breaking into the industry is a torment worthy of the fifth or sixth circle of Hell. Face that. Expect it. Deal with it. It’s going to be difficult . . .
In fact, the vast majority of aspiring authors (somewhere over 99 percent) self-terminate their dream. They quit. Think about this for a minute, because it’s important: THEY KILL THEIR OWN DREAM.
But here’s the secret: YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away.
No one but you.
Jim Butcher provides a great deal of advice on writing in general, plotting novels, creating characters, and so forth. You can find more of his blog at the following:
(Disclaimer: I do not have any association with Jim Butcher or The Dresden Files).