Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Road Filled With Hard Work

Let's start with a quote from my favorite author, Stephen King. "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

I began my journey to seriously become a professional writer six years ago. It's been a road filled with pot holes of self-doubt and wrong turns. It's also been a road of clear straight aways and green lights. (Like meeting and loving my indispensable critique partners!!)

On Saturday I attended the Liberty State Fiction Writer's first annual conference. I pitched my suspense novel to an agent. She liked what she heard and asked to see pages! I'll be getting that out to her this week. Hopefully, she'll ask to see the full manuscript next. (More hard work.)

I was also blessed with meeting and connecting with two New York Times Bestselling authors! Jonathan Maberry and Virginia Kantra. They were kind enough to share fantastic information to help me on this journey. Talking with them was as comfortable as taking a long ride with an old friend.

Even though I can't see where the road ahead leads, though I hope I know where it makes a stop, my hard work drives me closer to my goals. And when I land face down in a pot hole I will remember making connections, learning something new about my craft, and hearing the support of the spectators on the side. I'll brush myself off and let hard work lead the way.

Talk to you later...


  1. I'll be there on the sidelines cheering you on and once you've arrived I can say, "I knew her when she began on her journey!"