I have read hundreds of books and some stand out more than others, while there are those that slip down the wayside. Why? I probably could re-iterate an English lesson here but what it really comes down to is one major factor: do you like what you’ve read? This business of writing is so subjective that even if you have a great story, it doesn’t mean the agent or publisher will like it. You are at the mercy of whether the story strikes a chord with them.
One of the most difficult thing to realise is fulfilling your dreams. Its funny, as a teacher I would often tell students to follow their hearts and do what you love. Yet here I was doing the opposite. I became a teacher because it’s what I wanted to do, but over time it became a burden and my heart wasn’t in it. And then the Universe was sending lots of messages I failed to take note of and simply wasn’t ready to listen. Well, finally I did listen and here I am doing exactly what I have been preaching to hundreds of students.
Where am I at now?
I have written two books in the series Eternal Quest and now writing the third. It has been a long journey but worth it. I wrote the story because firstly, it blended my two loves – Ancient History and mythology, and secondly there isn’t many books like this. Oh, I know there is many great fantasy stories that draw on mythology to create new worlds and myths, which I enjoy reading. One just has surf the web and see how many there are.
I am at the stage where I am submitting to Literary Agents and honestly, it is like drawing blood from a stone. Speak to any published author and those of us who are still trying to get a foot in the door, the hardest thing is getting representation. Agents and Publishers are all looking for the next J.K. Rowling, well that is fine. All I want is a fair go. Someone to really love the book I have written as much as I do. I have yet to find that person but I will. I have had my fair amount of knock backs (I refuse to call them rejections) but as Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is the ability to go from one setback to another with no loss of enthusiasm.’
I will persevere. As John Harman said and rightly in a workshop I recently attended, ‘No one knows anything.’
(Writers’ living in Perth, it is worth attending John’ s workshops through University of WA – Extension)