I frequent a local eatery where one can socialize for hours and hours, and the coffee just keeps on coming. My daughter and I spent the better part of an afternoon there one day with our friend, Julie.
Her manuscript lay open before us as we discussed its merits and offered suggestions “I don’t know why,” Julie said, insistently, “but I have this really strong feeling that I need to get my book done.”
This has been her occasional refrain for the past year or so. The following February, we invited her to accompany us to the San Francisco writer’s Conference. It was her the first time there.
The conference gave Julie a unique glimpse into “author world,” by surrounded her with publishers, agents, published and aspiring authors, opportunities to seek out advise, and so much more.
We knew how much new information would be coming her way, so we advised her to just enjoy the experience and absorb what she could. Later discussions with her helped to sort much of it out.
Meanwhile, another talented friend of ours had begun to offer her ample skills as professional editor. So, we introduced Julie to Kelly Cozy, author of Ashes, Reckoning, and The Day After Yesterday.
Kelly was soon editing Julie’s work. Then, one afternoon, I received the following text from Julie: "She, (Kelly), makes me sound smart!" This "thank you." was so true to Julie's "cheeky" sense of humor.
On August fifth, Tales of a Traveling Soul, by Julie Brand, was finally available on Kindle. Julie announced that she had already sold one copy, and that she was waiting for the physical “proof” of her book.
We were ecstatic, and quickly sent our well deserved congratulations to her. This was a huge accomplishment for Julie, and I told her that I would make my way to the Kindle store to obtain a copy, as well.
A few days later, just when she would have received her “proof” in hand, Julie passed away of an unforeseen heart malady. ...
It is with deep sadness that I write this, but it must be said: "Well done, Julie! Well done, indeed" To paraphrase the comment of a mutual friend, “Julie isn't gone, she's just traveling again.”
To all would be authors out there, be assured that myriad resources are available to you which can help you in achieving your hopes of publishing your own work one day. ... Go for it!