To tell you the truth, I was overjoyed by the idea that I was able to create something that I could see and touch – a physical product, a manuscript, a future book – from essentially nothing – out of painful thoughts, deeply trampled memories and years of seeping heartaches.
Have you read the previous blog post? If not, please go back and check it. I want you to know what the process of writing actually means to me. You will see - it’s pure magic.
My first book - "Girl, Taken - A True Story of Abduction, Captivity and Survival" - cost me tremendous mental efforts and it was a part of me. A comprehension of the idea that my heartfelt revelations would be brought to the reader’s jury was both frightening and exciting at the same time.
As I was writing my book, I was facing my own unanticipated transformation. Besides the fact that I was a main character who was telling her own story of survival, a whole set of new feelings blossomed inside of me during the writing process. As the page count was growing, so was I – developing into a true author, into a person of art who seeks the appreciation of a reader.
I wanted my book to be engaging and interesting to read. I wanted my audience to live my eight months of misery along with me. I wanted them to feel what I felt. I wanted them to see what I saw through my words and descriptions.
I was willing to experience all the benefits of the readers’ appreciation, hand in hand with the damages and painful rejections – successes or failures – anything it could bring. I was totally fascinated by the process. I knew there would be a long journey ahead of me.
Self-publishing was definitely not on my mind then. I did not even consider that option because I didn’t know it existed. Like a newborn kitten, totally blind in a brand-new world, I was uneducated in the field of dealing with a finished literary product.
It was time to open my eyes and expand my horizons. It had to be the next step in my wonderful journey.
I was deeply convinced that it was necessary to find a literary agent. The one who would be intrigued enough by my story, and willing to help me get my book published on great terms and control the promotional (and hopefully successful) process.
I’ll tell you how I found an agent and signed a contract… and went self-published anyway…
Come back next week to hear the story.
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