Monday, January 10, 2011

This past weekend, three of my dearest agent friends and I packed up for Connecticut for a much needed Mother's Weekend away.  The trip had been planned for months, and we were determined that  nothing would stop to stop it from happening. Nope. Where there is a will to sleep, eat and drink when you want, there is a way! Despite a storm that left us with a foot of snow, husbands and mothers telling us it was a really bad idea to drive under such conditions, a highway closed down due to said storm and a car that  rattled the whole way on the back roads (yes, the ladies drove through a snow storm on a bald tire) we made it.  We really felt like pioneer women when we had to ditch the car at the end of the road and hike though said foot of snow to the house. But it was so worth it. By 10pm we were sitting fireside, enjoying our late night dinner of cheese and wine (cooking was too much effort) and laughing at how determined (or stupid) we were.

I wanted to share that little story because our determination reminded me a bit of what it's like to sell a book these days. You have to really want it and be ready for a lot of setbacks. People telling you are nuts, roadblocks, detours and well, you get my analogy.  Things don't always happen the way you expect them to, but with a little luck and a lot of hard work, it is worth the ride. With that in  mind, in the coming weeks, I am going to be doing author interviews on all aspects of writing and publishing.  Next week I will be interviewing Rae Meadows, author of the upcoming novel, Mothers and Daughters (Henry Holt, March 2011) on the inspiration behind her book, based in part on the Orphan Train Movement. 


  1. All good things are worth the hard road to get there. I hope you had a great weekend! Sounds lovely.

  2. Okay, first the Mothers Weekend away is nothing short of a necessity! Sounds SO lovely (storm or not).

    Secondly, as a writer (and Agent) you just have to keep writing no matter what. The saying "where there is a will there is a way" isn't more truer. Publishing isn't an industry for those that are going to give up after one shot.

    Glad you joined the blogsphere! ;-)

  3. I know for me, as a writer, that the part in which writing and publishing is hard is what ends up making my writing good. Thank goodness no one wants to read your first draft! That hike through the snow (back and forth, carrying clothes, than going back to get the all-important cheese and wine) makes all the difference.

  4. I reached your blog via Jennsylvania, one of my favorites!

    I'm commenting because, yes, writing takes a great deal of determination. I don't have any plans to write a book, but I do write a blog about my experiences with autoimmune disease, and I post every day. Mostly. Which also takes a great deal of determination, especially when my disease is really active.

    I love Jen -and your - sense of humor, probably because it's remarkably similar to mine. I hope that sense of humor is visible in my writing. I HATE sappy health blogs.

    Cheers - Julia

  5. WOW! Glad you guys made it safely.

    Will you be sharing those interviews by chance?

    Also, I discovered your blog through Allison's and was wondering if you were still planning to take on some questions from aspiring writers about the whole agent/publishing world? If so how can we get those questions to you?