Posted by: Judy | June 21, 2012

I am a writer…

I didn’t know I was about to lose my job. I was told they needed time to implement a new system, and then I’d be working again.

Where was the harm in devoting my new free time to writing while I waited?

I took the advice of the judges and re-wrote my book.

I was informed my job no longer existed.

Time to regroup and review.

I had the time: why not see if I could pursue my writing?

Desert Rose has a mentoring program. I enrolled myself. I received more great feedback.

You know what I learned?

Regarding the first rejection: I wrote a horrible query letter. If I’d received the query letter I’d written back in 2007, I would have rejected me, too.

With help from published writers within Desert Rose, I rewrote about half the book and the query letter, then submitted the query letter, synopsis, and first three chapters.

As the months slipped by, I kept writing.

I received the request for the full manuscript.

More months slipped by, and I kept writing. I also researched publishers including self-publishing. I reached the point where I prayed my manuscript would be rejected because I was beginning to realize the company I chose wasn’t a good fit for my story or for me.

God answers prayers.

I was rejected. I cheered and did a happy dance.

I combed through the story one more time. I talked to my friend Kris Tualla, who has both self-published and published through Desert Breeze, and she suggested Desert Breeze Publishing.

Acceptance! And a contract.

I AM a writer.


  1. Awesome! Self-publishing is definitely the way to go, I think. I am so excited for you, Judy!

    • I’m contracted with Desert Breeze Publishing, a growing company. I think it’s a good fit. Thank you, Paula!

  2. Judy…I TOLD you, you’re a writer! lol!! I’m soooo Happy for you πŸ™‚

    • LOL!! I’m still having trouble believing it. My Desert Rose writing friends give me funny looks every time I grumble about how hard it is to tell people, “I’m a writer.” They give me that “are you really that stupid” look and say, “You have a contract. You ARE a writer.” Oh. Then I feel silly, again. πŸ™‚

      • It’ll sink in evennnttuuuallly πŸ™‚ [I have to laugh..spell check just told me I spelled that word wrong lol!]

        Enjoy the euphoria… I love seeing people fight for a goal, then seeing it come through. It’s wonderful seeing you stretch your wings…

        • Spell check has no imagination. πŸ˜€

          Thank you! And thanks for being part of the journey. πŸ™‚

  3. Much bigger happy dance with contracts. I am so happy for you.

    • Thank you!

  4. There’s something so astonishing when someone out in the world reflects back to us that secret thing we’ve held hidden away for so long; what? you like what you see? you believe in my ability? how is that possible, when I barely am able to scrounge up an ounces of belief myself?

    A contract is a concrete statement. You have no option, other than to accept the truth. You ARE a writer!

    Yay, you!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I like that description! Yes, I am. πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

  5. Silly woman, you don’t need no stinkin’ contract for me to know you are a writer.

    What you are is a writer with a contract, a rare bird indeed πŸ™‚ But the contract isn’t the proof — your words are. {{{{hugs}}}}

    • Oh… *sniffle* Thank you! (((vicariousrising)))

  6. Beautiful.

    • Thanks, stinkybisquit!

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