|Title page of my novella--Yes sir, that's my name in print.|
They additionally asked that I read through my author's bio at the end and change whatever I wanted to change. So I scrolled to the end and found my name and the other 8 authors involved. Since I only had 1 piddly sentence for my bio, I thought I should beef it up, yet wanted to stay in keeping with what the others had written, so I read through the other bios. And it turns out that most of them have dozens of books published and many were recipients of various literary awards.
And then there's me. No awards. No big literary achievements. Just a burgeoning writer with very few--okay, zero--credits to her name. So I sat and stared at my now-blank author's bio and wondered what in the world I could write so that I didn't look like a ridiculous interloper amidst this company.
I could lie and say that awards don't matter. But #1) I'm a highly competitive person and #2) I live my life with as firm as grasp on reality as I can. So, yes, awards matter. And I'm not sure I have any business throwing my name in the ring of this literary circus.
My excitement waned. My flag of victory dropped to half-mast. Then my eyes fell on the title page of my novella and a new realization came: My name is in this book.
Out of scores of story submissions, the publisher choose me, my story, to be among this group of writers. My job is not to bulk up my bio, my job is--or, at this point, was--to write the best story I can. And that's what I've done. It's a story of which I'm proud, and nothing--especially not an author's bio--is going to steal the excitement of this first publishing moment.
So, for the moment, the cloying voice of "You're Not Good Enough" is silenced--though I know from experience it's never silent for long. But now I am armed with a galley copy of my novella (with a cool-fonted title page) that I can at least look at and remind myself: I am an Author.
PS: I'll be sending out more updates on the release of the novella collection as the time gets closer. Barbour Publishing is putting the collection together and the release date is September 1, 2013. The collection is entitled A Pioneer Christmas Collection; my novella is entitled A Silent Night. I may even do a Giveaway once I get my hands on my copies--who knows?!
Anna, I am so so excited for you!!! However, I do have to take issue with you dear that you have no big literary achievements and zero credits to her name. Um. A novella. In Print. For Sale. With your name on the title page. That is the opposite of nothing. THat is a big freaking acheivement and a huge credit to your name! And remember: all those other authors with literary awards and credits up the wazoo and all that stuff had to start somewhere too. It's not like any of them were born with literary prizes that they inherited from their grandmothers. Or came of age with a bushel of writing credits in their purse, passed down from generation to generation So stay proud of this "first" literary achievement because it is a milestone in your writers journey. And now you have something to add to future authors bios and that is how it's done, right? I'm so happy and proud for you! Congratulations!ReplyDelete
I sure wish I had a bushel of writing credits in my purse passed down from generations. But I thank you, Liza, for your sweet encouragment. You always make me smile and feel better about, well, just about everything. Thank you :)Delete
This is so exciting! There is absolutely no reason to feel not good enough, everyone has to get their first credit somewhere. I totally agree with all that Liza said above. So happy for you and this achievement!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Kristi. This world is so very new to me that I'm not exactly how I'm supposed to feel about it all. I'm proud of having finished the novella, but now I'm nervous that whoever reads it will hate it. Such a strange combo of feelings and expectations. But, as always, thank you so much for your support!Delete
A hearty congratulations, Anna! I'm very much looking forward to reading the collection and seeing your name on it. Well done :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Danni - as always I'm so grateful for your encouragment and support!Delete
I'm one of the award-winning, multi-published authors in the Pioneer Christmas collection--but guess where it all started? With a single novella that was part of A Stitch in Time novella collection which was published in 2004. Everyone has to start somewhere--and you've just gotten your start! Relish in it!! Who knows where it will lead.
I need you to email me about promoting the Pioneer Christmas collection. I don't want to post my email address here, so could you please go to my website: www.vickiemcdonough.com and email me via the Connect page?
Thank you so much, Vickie, for your encouragement! It's delightful to be able to work with you!Delete