Thursday, September 20, 2012

Want to get published?

    Ever wished to be like Sleeping Beauty so you could take a nap--for once?  Isn't it annoying how the fairytale princes always get the girl, or how the three little pigs always beat the wolf?

    Well, that's about to change. . . .
    Wayman Publishing is releasing Open Doors 2--an anthology where authors write their own hilarious, unique, or even tragic versions of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  
    Submissions are FREE. This could be a great publication credit if your work is accepted. 

    If you have what it takes, send your 2,000 word or less story to before October 31st, 2012 and you could be published. 
    If your story is accepted, an editor will email you by November 5th, 2012.

    For questions and more info about that, please go HERE

Now onto the post of the day.  
Top Ten WORST Reasons to try getting published:

#1 My wife is pregnant and I'd like to work from home.
Contrary to popular belief, unless you're J.K. Rowling, writing does not pay much.  If you stay on this path of destruction, you may end up with an unhappy wife, a baby, a bunch of Top Ramen and food stamps.  Best of wishes.

#2 Family Pressure: My Dad is a writer so I should be, too.
False! While this may sound great, you need to do what you love.  Why waste your life living it for someone else, honestly?

#3 It'll help me make friends with celebrities.
Writing isn't the key to friendship or romance--unless it's Harlequin.  And what's the famous part here for?  After authoring books, most people become eccentric (myself included).  Every author I know has on occasion cried or laughed hysterically at their own writing.  They talk as if their characters are real.  I doubt I could have made many friends after becoming a writer.  Get life-long regular friends first--then write.

#4 I want revenge--and I like nonfiction.
While this might sound exciting, it's not.  
    I write nonfiction.  I never thought people would read my work, but they have.  There's nothing worse than a real, live villain leaving you a terrible review on Amazon because they don't like what you've written about them.  Pen name or not, this leads to disaster!

#5 I want to be a billionaire/recluse!
Then writing is not a great idea.  Just to break even I have to talk at assemblies and signings.  I LOVE this, but never realized how much it's a part of writing today.  In fact, *smiling,* I'm going to Southern California for my writing next week--yahoo!  More details HERE

#6 Everything I write comes out perfect the first time, a gift from God that's meant to be.
Edit, edit, edit.  All writing can be polished, trust me.  I'll do nearly anything to make my work the best it can be.  It just makes sense.

#7 For the Children
Once again, this needs to be for you.  Writing can be a tough, thankless business.  If you don't love it, what will keep you going through negative feedback and endless revisions?  If you want to do something for the children, adopt.

#8 Because I like eating out at McDonald's.
I seriously read this somewhere.  The person said they liked writing because it was a good excuse to eat out and write on their laptop.  Is McD's really that good?

#9 I like to lie, so I'll be great at fiction.
Seek help!

#10 I want to be a writer because my butt is sagging?
Now who in the world wrote this?  And who would be vain enough to worry about their butt anyway?  I wonder.  My advice to this . . .  ahem person.  Get over it!  *giggling*

Five Best Reasons to Write?

#1 You LOVE writing.

#2 It helps you become a better person.

#3 You want to help others.

#4 You're willing to do what it takes (editing, promoting, etc.)

#5 ?????

What do you think, what's number five?  Do you have anything to add to this or the completely silly list above?

P.S. I can't wait for the next Wayman Anthology.  I think it'll be amazing!


  1. I've already put in my submission to the Wayman Anthology---can't wait, either!! I don't do books, but I LOVE writing my blog!!

  2. Hmmm a nursery rhyme you say, the cat may just have to make one up at his bay haha

    LOL I laughed at number #3 as that is so true, talk to myself waaaay to much hahaha

    #5 hmmm you want to have an excuse to act crazy?

  3. With regards to #4 it's not even always about revenge. Sometimes it's just writing about someone you never ever thought would read it...until they do. Even when you say something can be a bit awkward.

    1. This is so true. I never personally meant to hurt anyone, but I have .. . even myself. At least it's good to be standing strong for once, getting everything out in the open. ;)

  4. Dear Elisa, one of the reasons I so enjoy writing is that when I sit before the computer and words come, I discover what I truly think and feel. Peace.

    1. So true. Sometimes writing is even better than analyzing our subconscious through dreams :)

  5. The anthology sounds like a good idea. I hope I can whip up something before the deadline.

  6. I have a very hard time believing that you weren't eccentric BEFORE you started writing. Just sayin'. :) And from me that is MEANT to be a compliment. . . . from one eccentric girl to another.

  7. If being eccentric would mean that I could write something like The Golden Sky, I would gladly be eccentric.

    1. This was the sweetest comment. Thank you for making my day brighter :)

  8. I can't think of a fifth reason to write. I think you've covered everything.


    1. #1 is still my favorite :) It could almost be the only reason ;)

  9. We write because we find it fulfilling! I talked to myself before I started writing so it was only a natural progression. I needed my fictional characters to keep me company. :D Maybe I'll have something before the deadline. Here's to hoping.

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  12. I'm not very good with the real world. I'm shy and don't have great people skills, and my impression of a rabbit in the headlights is world-famous. People would say that I'm a loner who doesn't get out much, and my comfort zone doesn't go much further than my bedroom, but what they don't know is that I know thousands of people intimately, I've been more places and done more things than most of them, and the places I can get to without leaving my bed encompass universes.
    So I write.
    That's probably a bad reason. It probably comes under #5. I don't much care about being a billionaire, but it would be nice to be able to be a recluse.
    But I've always invented stories, and not doing it would be as hard as not sneezing, so I figure I may as well write them down.

    1. Carrie,
      You have such a love for writing; you're absolutely meant to be a writer ;)
      If I'm out alone around people I don't know, I get really self-conscious. So doing these assemblies and other things has made me step out of my comfort zone. But maybe it's been good for me. It's amazing how much this journey has helped my life. I'm so excited to see where your writing will take you :)

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      Snow's picture makes me smile every time I see it LOL!