Author and Speaker Janalyn Voigt

Rethinking My Writing Dream

The last days of June marked my one-year anniversary as a debut novelist. After a bit of reflection, I published How I Survived My Year As a Debut Novelist at my Live Write Breathe site. I’ve come a long way and learned a lot, but this past year has not been without its share of angst. In a perfect world, my author journey would go something like this:

  • The first time I submit a manuscript, my talent is so sought after bidding wars by eager publishers would ensue.
  • My debut novel would make the NY Times bestseller list.
  • Readers clamoring for my next  novel would besiege me with emails and follow me on social sites in record numbers.

Oh, to dream! There are writers who have had these experiences. I am not one of them. This is my reality:

  • Rejections more often than acceptances follow my submissions.
  • I haven’t hit the NY Times bestseller list.
  • Every once in a while a reader will pop up on a social site to thank me for my book. Otherwise, silence.

It’s good to take inventory of your progress, except of course when it becomes depressing. Just as I was plunging into Pilgrim’s Slough of Despond, another reader flagged me on a social site with praise for DawnSinger. It gave me pause.

Am I still looking to others to gauge my success or failure? I have a publisher, whereas some writers never find one. I have an agent, against all the odds. Stepping out in faith, I’ve promoted my book to the best of my ability. I may not have reached dreamed-of heights, but I’m grateful for the hill I’m standing on.
©2014 by Janalyn Voigt

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As an author I love to escape with readers into creative worlds of fiction in three genres: medieval epic fantasy, historical fiction, and romantic mystery. My aim is to make this website an immersive experience for readers. Care to join us?

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2 thoughts on “Rethinking My Writing Dream”

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your ups and downs. The writing journey is one where I feel like I’m constantly learning to accept that life does not meet our expectations. We cast our bread upon the waters … and wait, expectantly.

    I shall read your book!

    1. Well put, Tina. The writing life seems glamorous to some but is actually very humbling. I think a job requirement for writers is the ability to wait. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on DawnSinger, and I can’t wait for the chance to read As Waters Gone By.

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