Hi, I'm Jenny Brigalow and as a writer approaching publication for the first time I'd like to share something of my journey.
I've been writing enthusiastically for several years. Romance, YA and literary fiction. For a long time I didn't have the confidence to submit for publication.
I always thought: 'I'm just an ordinary person. I'm not a highly qualified professional like a doctor, nor have I any kind of influence." I wondered who the heck would be interested in anything I have to say. So what turned things around for me?
I suppose things started to change in 2010, when I won a place on a residency course co-run by the Queensland Writers Centre and Allen & Unwin Publishers, with my teen novel, The Overlander. This exposure gave me the confidence which I badly needed to start submitting material for publication.
I also plucked up the courage and applied to become a member of both the Romance Writers of Australia organization and the Queensland Writers Centre. This brought into my life something I badly needed. Contact with and support from other writers. Needless to say, being accepted for membership of both these organizations benefited me in so many ways.. They gave me access to a smorgasbord of advice and information.
When Steam eReads finally offered me a contract for my rural romance, A Man For All Seasons, it was an amazing feeling. I felt like I'd won the Lotto.
Let me just say that a far as I'm concerned, it's a great time to be a writer. The E-Publishing phenomenon of e-publishing is creating a new window of opportunity for aspiring authors and publishers alike. It's been like a shot in the arm for the publishing industry.
So, I guess what I really want to say is that dreams can come true. So, if you're an aspiring author, don't give up at the first hurdle. Have a go. Don't be deterred. The biggest lesson that I've learned on my journey was the realization that while I may be ordinary, I am also unique. I'm an immigrant and an expat and that gives me a unique viewpoint, not to mention a special relationship this country. Australia, in which I've chosen to live. I belong here in this country, yet I view it with foreign eyes. Compared to England's green and pleasant land, Australia is, to me, a wild, magical, indomitable place. It touches something deep inside me. I have a passion for the land, even though it's not my place of origin. So I've put my roots down here in the bush, and here I am,
What about you?
There will be an eCopy giveaway of my A MAN OF ALL SEASONS to one commenter!
So, where do you feel you fit in on the journey? I usually feel like I'm balancing on the edge of some precipice or other :)