I used to be the most timid person I knew. I went with safe, comfortable, secure. Sure, there were some adventures in there, but not on purpose. I would get invited to the adventure and I might go. I don’t know why I was that way. I always had fun once I was there, but I didn’t seek it out. Until writing for publication came along.
For the first time I was willing to take the leap. I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America), I joined an online chapter, then I really leaped; and co-founded our own local chapter. (Black Diamonds) For the first time in my life I was going for it. I was believing I could write something that someone other than me would like to read. I was meeting strangers and having them become friends. Then, self-publishing came along.
There was a handful of people before me to see how it was done. New terms scared me to death; formatting, self-editing, cover design, marketing, do-it-yourself. But, I knew I had to go for it. Trying to get traditionally published was not working. When someone says; “Your writing is brilliant, your story is wonderful, but I can’t sell this” there is something wrong with the system. I love RWA and I love the people and I love belonging, but it was time to spread my wings a littler further. Then I had some self-published titles to my name and realized I could go to Romantic Times. Another leap of faith was required.
I needed to believe that strangers could walk up to me and want my books. I needed to stretch my social skills to meet all new people without the umbrella of RWA. Not sure how it will turn out, but I’ve registered and we shall see come May 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. Hope to see you there.
Jill James, author of The Lake Willowbee Series, Books 1 – 3.