AUGUST 3RD QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
I’ve been writing since I can remember. But my first piece if serious writing was a contemporary romantic suspense novel which is currently gathering dust in a drawer in my study.
I wrote it about twenty years ago and I sent samples and query letters to a few agents and publishers, one even asked me for the whole manuscript, but finally it wasn’t something they felt they could represent.
Actually, it had never been read by anyone else, such as beta readers, or corrected by an expert, such as an editor or proof reader. It probably wasn’t ready to be shown, but I didn’t know enough about the publishing business at the time. I was also a busy young working mother, now I’m a less busy working grandmother!
It wasn’t a bad novel but it wasn’t polished enough. I may undust and revise it, but I have so many new projects underway that it’s not a priority at the moment. I feel I need to move forward and ‘A View From the South Bank ‘ is in my past.
Nowadays there’s a very supportive group of self published authors and blogs like the Insecure Writers Support Group, with plenty of information as well as new opportunities for independent publishing, and I feel I know what I need to do to be a professional author which I didn’t know 20 years ago.
Thanks to all this support, more time and my renewed efforts I’m a professional author who has produced and published three novels, which have over a hundred reviews and have been bestsellers on Amazon several times.
I’m now writing my fourth novel, so at this moment I’m not feeling insecure about my career as a writer, but I’m still insecure regarding my first attempt.
Who knows if it may eventually become a published novel? What do you recommend?
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