Being a part of a local writer’s group has enriched my writing experience immensely. Through it, I’ve met like-minded people to share my work with, made new friends, and I’m always super motivated after the meeting—a feeling that carries me till the next.
I’ve taken a hiatus from my novel writing and am concentrating on completing shorter pieces; writing a novel is a grand investment of one’s time.
Writing smaller pieces, I can submit more work and enter more contests, thus increasing my chances of being published and maybe even making a little money.
I decided, after querying over fifty agents, that self-publishing is probably going to be the way to go with my first novel. I just want to get this one book out there and be done with it. I love the writing part of the business, but the introvert in me hates the marketing part. I’m a writer, not a salesgirl.
I had considered publishing it under the pseudonym of Katherine Mayfield (a character from Beverly Lewis’s series, The Heritage of Lancaster County, who leaves the Amish faith to become a Mennonite), but it just wouldn’t be the same with another name on the cover.