I had, of course, written several short stories as presents for friends, but it had never been something I took too seriously. I just enjoyed weaving a fun, romantic story for anyone interested.
The first time I ever thought about becoming a published author was, funnily enough, at one of my CD signings. A few acquaintances of mine (now good friends) were at Bookworms Bookstore doing book signings. Jennifer Stewart Griffith is the author of several novels including Delicious Conversation and Big In Japan, and Donna Hatch is the author of wonderful, clean, romance novels like The Stranger She Married and Queen in Exile.
I was curious as to how they had become published authors and spent the entire time picking their brains on the subject. They informed me that the first step to really learning the ins and outs is to join a writing group. Then you can attend conferences and seminars and begin writing your own material. They invited me to join their writing group, and that's how I came to be a member of ANWA: American Night Writer's Association.
We meet once a month and share snippets of what we're writing, giving each other feedback on what works and what doesn't. In the process of this we also learn about querying agents and publishers, pitching our work, and all of the technical things that go into writing a good novel.
I ate it all up and continue to do so. If there are any of you who are interested in becoming a published author I highly recommend you join a writing group and attend conferences and seminars whenever you can. It's a great way to get started and to get your foot in the door. It's also a great way to network.
Our yearly ANWA conference is coming up at the end of this month and I am so excited. I'll have to give you more details on that once I've attended.
I hope everyone has a great Sunday afternoon. Let's end this post with an empowering quote shall we?
"If you're a singer, you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes."