As many of you know, I love sharing the success stories of other writers and how they finally achieved the dream of a published story. Today, I get to do that again.
As a special addition to the Talisman of El blog tour, I am fortunate to have this fabulous guest post by author Alecia Stone,sharing her writing journey with us.
Guest Post: A Writer’s Journey
by Alecia Stone
Three years ago, I had an experience that changed my life. I wrote a book called Talisman Of El. Why or where the idea came from, I don’t know, but within seven months of deciding to bring the story to life, I had a completed manuscript. I had never attempted to write fiction before as I never planned on being an author. At the time I began writing my first book, I had only written poetry and a few short film scripts. And then this character just popped up out of nowhere, and suddenly, I had a story to tell.
After I had completed the manuscript and went through all the editing process, I decided I needed to do something with the book. I couldn’t just let it gather dust. I had no idea about publishing, so I did my research and found out that it was a good idea to get an agent. So, I learned how to write a query letter and sent off my submissions. I received a number of requests for the manuscripts and some rather interesting feedback. I did receive two offers for publication from two independent publishers which I later declined as one of the feedbacks I received from an agent gave me the encouragement I needed to go about publishing this book myself. The submission process was a great learning tool, and it took me one step closer to realising how important this book was to me and how passionate I was about the story.
I’ll be honest. Writing a novel is hard work. Publishing a book is even harder. Marketing a book is on another level to writing and publishing. But, one thing can be said about all of them and it’s that they all require dedication and, more importantly, passion. I think, ultimately, every writer has to learn what’s right for them and take that path. I went from dreaming about writing a feature film script to having an Amazon bestselling novel and learning a hell of a lot about the publishing process. It just goes to show that life is full of surprises, and this was a pleasant one.
Alecia Stone has been in love with anything and everything paranormal for many years. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. When she isn't writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling. Talisman Of El is her first novel. She currently lives in England, UK.
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5227478.Alecia_Stone