Monday, November 1, 2010

Part Four:My Journey to Publication

As I have told you before, my writers group has done a lot to help me on my journey to publication. We have been meeting once a week for over twenty years. Yes, I said twenty years.

When we started none of us were published. We were all learning not only to write but how to critique. Sometimes a person couldn't read a sentence without being interrupted because someone had a comment about the writing. We have grown a great deal since that time. We've refined our critiquing and our writing. As the years have gone by over eight members of our group have become published.

I had been a member of our writers group for quite a few years when one of my manuscripts became a finalized in St. Martin's Malice Domestic Contest. Later I won the Heart of the West and the Golden Pen contests. And for a time I had a New York agent who tried for a couple of years to sell my novels, but with no success. I began to feel as though I was stuck.

I decided maybe I needed more education. I'd never finished my English degree, so after many talks with my husband and after our youngest had graduated high school, I went back to college.

Let me tell you, there's nothing like being the old lady in a class room of young college students. It wasn't as I thought it would be. No, it was better in so many ways, and it took me down a path I didn't expect, but without following, I never would have published.


  1. It says so much about your crit group that you've been together for so long and that 8 of you are published! =]

  2. Laura,
    We've been through the highs and lows of writing, that's for sure. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Pretty impressive crit group!!! Thanks for sharing your story :)

  4. Wow, Kathi! That's amazing! I'm so glad you have a writing family to support each other. I can imagine how going to college at a different level in our lives would compared to being so young like the kids in your class--typically, youth don't take life as seriously as someone whose tasted reality and understands the greater good of a college education.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! <3

  5. Jemi,
    I'll tell them what you said. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Elizabeth,
    I was surprised how well the kids accepted me. Though, they still asked me if I knew where the rest rooms were. Sad part was, I always knew. :)

  7. Aren't you glad you followed the right path! Your critique group sounds fabulous.

  8. It sounds like an amazing writing group. :)

  9. Carol,
    Yes, I'm very glad. I know I'm very fortunate to have found them.

  10. Golden Eagle,
    They are very amazing! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  11. I love your story. I think we never stop learning and the fact you went back to college to refine your art is fantastic.

  12. Lynda,
    I'm glad you're enjoying my story. Going back to college was one of the hardest things I've ever done. But it was well worth it. :)



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