1.3 – My Story (Jill’s Journey to Publication)

In this episode I . . .

Share my own personal journey to publication, including:

-I started writing seriously in 2004 and didn’t get published until 2009.
-Overconfidence can blind you from learning and improving.
-How to find a publishing house and editor that’s right for your book.
-How to find an agent.
-The best place to meet editors and agents.
-Learning what a pitch statement is.
-How not to pitch your book.
-How to “Respect Your Dream” of writing a novel.
-Books on the craft of writing that helped me, such as:
          The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
          Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
          Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain
          On Writing Well by William Zinsser
          Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
          Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins
          Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
          The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
          Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
          On Writing by Stephen King
          How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
-My first book that sold wasn’t the first one I’d completed (The New Recruit). It was the sixth book I’d completed (By Darkness Hid).

No matter where you are in your journey to publication, know that you won’t stay there forever. So, respect your dream. Don’t take shortcuts. Learn what you need to learn to improve and work hard. Above all else, have fun.

Enjoy yourself.




2 thoughts on “1.3 – My Story (Jill’s Journey to Publication)”

  1. Hi Jill! I’ve just been researching writers’ conferences and they sound SO helpful and fun! I hope to attend one someday when I can afford it. As one of your readers, I’m glad you didn’t give up on your books. As far as reference books on the writing craft, do Storyworld First and Go Teen Writers count? 😉 I also read Stephen King’s book a year or two ago and found it very insightful.

    1. Writers’ conferences are THE BEST! There is nothing quite like being with people who understand you. And writers “get” each other. 😉

      Oh, yes, those two are certainly craft books. I didn’t mention them since I didn’t actually read them. LOL I did read Stephen King’s On Writing and loved it. I loved how many times he was rejected before he sold his first story. Knowing that made the whole process seem possible for me too.

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