Friday, August 6, 2010

Welcome, Christine London

An Author’s Life
Every summer Romance Writers Of America holds its annual conference.This year the location had to be moved last minute when torrential rains and the rising river flooded Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland hotel. Orlando’s Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort provided a beautiful alternate venue for the July 27-31st event. 

   Wednesday evening authors and readers gathered in the enormous hotel ballroom. I signed my latest print release novel, Soul In His Eyes, at the “Literacy for Life” multi-author event.

Nora Roberts and me


Five hundred authors from around the globe gathered donating the proceeds of book sales to organizations that promote literacy. Over sixty thousand dollars was raised in the span of the two-hour event.
Three days of intensive workshops moderated by the publishing world’s most well know authors, editors, publishers and literary agents ensued. On the final evening the Rita and Golden Heart award winners were announced. The Academy Awards of the Romance genre, black tie was the dress code; sit down dinner for two thousand. Spotlights, glitter and class marked the event of the year.

Nora Roberts gave the keynote, admonishing those that bemoan the difficulties of the publishing world today. She reminded listeners that although the internet and computers have eliminated the author’s use of carbon paper, typewriter and ‘whiteout’, snail mail submission given way to instant email; it is still difficult to become published. It has never, nor ever will be easy.

“Hard is what makes it special,” Nora said. 

So true.

If you have never poured your heart into a creative work Nora’s comment may at first seem odd. In a society where everything instant and faster is prized, it might seem counterintuitive to think to work, to agonize over a book that requires an averge of six to twelve months of struggle to birth, could actually be sought after. Perhaps the malady that afflicts we authors should be listed in the DSM-V  as authorittis psychosis. In what other aspired profession is there so much preparation, learning curve, long lonely hours and rejection? Ah..the bitter pill of being told time after time you are not good enough. All this with no remuneration. Months turn into years even after the “call” has been received. Perhaps one to two years longer post-contract before ‘your baby’ is released. And then months more before royalties are realized.

“Hard makes it special.”   Indeed.

Most authors have a day job. We fit our writing between errands, while waiting in line, or after the kids are in bed. It is a hunger, a drive to create something from nothing; words to inspire, uplift, educate and entertain. Sometimes they are read by only a few. Some will stay forever in the drawer under the bed, relics of that learning curve and our love.

But it is those few precious moments of which every author dreams. That unexpected email from a reader writing from somewhere across the world. Those simple words of gratitude.

“You touched me.” 

“You changed my world.”

“Your story made me laugh/cry…feel.”

What a treasure. What joy. This double edged sword -- the gift of words. Reader to author is a symbiotic relationship that feeds the souls on both sides of the pen.
There is no greater joy than creating a world eyes unkown can see and dream. Thank heavens we are crazy. Crazy hope, crazy dreams, crazy love.

Hard makes it special.

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Karen McGrath said...

Great post, ladies. Hard does indeed make it special.

Heather Haven said...

Very inspiring and welcomed blog. The love for the craft shines through, as does the author.

Roseanne Dowell said...

Great post. I wish I could have been at that conference.

Christine London said...

Good Morning Ginger and all, Thanks for having me as guest and for the visits dear friends.

Pat Dale said...

I especially appreciate your message. Hard definitely makes it special when you finally succeed. When I started writing, I thought it would be easy to break into print. Ha! Easy, right.
Fourteen years later, I've had five novels published (one which saw the light of day for a year before the publisher went belly up), and I have four more in process.
Let's see; that makes me a fifteen year instant success. Yes, scads of aspiring writers will want to emulate that.
A sense of humor is what we need, along with a tenacious obsession that does not wilt when things get tough. Or long. Or frustrating.
Thanks for sharing with us today, Christine.

Lin said...

Thank you Christine and Ginger. You both are powerful role models for those of us just breaking through. In my case it has taken ten years, but you all know that story so I'm not goign to bore you all by repeating it. I just wanted to make certain I thanked you two for giving such wise guidance to those trodding down the path behind you.

MuseItUp Publishing said...

Hard makes it special is definitely something that is worthy of repeating many times with each rejection.

Although there are a plethora of publishing houses out there now for writers, they also need to be leery and research their markets carefully.

The conference sounded like a great event.

Great post, ladies.

Sara Durham Writer ~ Author said...

Everything you said Christine rings so true! Five years ago I didn't really understand the hard work yet. Now I know what the special part is! It is a great, sometimes difficult journey.

Great interview Ginger!


Unknown said...

"Hard is what makes it special." No truer words were ever spoken about publishing. Writers are among the most tenacious creatures on the planet. Thanks for this wonderful post.

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