Things You Wished You Knew Before You Were Published by Jacki Kelly – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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I always dreamed of being published. I certainly had plenty of ideas, when I decided to make that dream come true. I didn’t think I would breeze to success. I was willing to do the work. Shoved in various drawers were plenty of half-finished manuscripts, poems I’d written in high school that I was sure were ready for a national award.

There were a few things I should have known before I published my first book, little stuff that other writers didn’t tell me. I haven’t seen any articles written on this subject nor have I taken a workshop at a writer’s conference concerning this issue. I’m sure everything that I’m learning along the way doesn’t just apply to writers. The same things can be true of artists, singers, songwriters, knitters, seamstresses, cooks, chefs, or any other field where you put your heart into what you’re passionate about.

Below is my list. Check back with me in a year and I’m sure I’ll add to it.

The people you think will buy your book, won’t.
The people you think won’t buy your book, will.
The more you write the more you want to write.
There is never enough time to write as much as you’d like.
Just when you think you’re done editing, you’ll need to edit some more.
Unless you’re really lucky there will be at least one error in your book.
Some people will write cruel reviews, get over it.
Some people will write glowing reviews, get over it.
Even when you think you’re going to write all day, you can’t.
Schedule some time not to write so you can be even more creative.
Writers make good friends.
Not all writing advice is good advice.
Follow your own counsel.
Don’t obsess over the sales numbers, write the next book.
What would you add to this list?

The tentacles of infidelity are insidious, running long and deep and destroying everything they touch along the way. Crystal Davis can’t shake the images and whispered conversations she overheard as a child as her parent’s relationship fell apart. As a married woman she finds herself walking in the footsteps she abhors. But once on that path, getting off is not easy and to set her life right may cost her more than she ever imagined.

Enjoy an excerpt:

I couldn’t hold back the tears. I needed to be strong, rattle off some supporting clichés I’d picked up from some sitcom I’d watched on television – everything is going to turn out okay, this is not the end of the world, a lump doesn’t mean cancer. But I had nothing meaningful to say. I should have gathered her in my arms, stroked her back and let her cry on my shoulder if that’s what she needed.

I couldn’t speak.

I couldn’t breathe.

I was frozen.

About the Author: Jacki Kelly has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.

Jacki loves to read almost as much as she likes to write. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s walking her adorable cocker spaniel or on the golf course. Her idea of bliss is squeezing all this stuff into one day. Happy Reading!

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

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  3. Good Morning. It’s so nice to hang out here with you guys today. Please ask me anything you want. I’ll try to answer all your questions.

  4. Terrific post, thank you!

  5. Sounds like a good read.

  6. Linda Romer says:

    Going Backwards sounds like an emotional read. I would like to read this book. Thank you

  7. Eva Millien says:

    Sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

  8. Really great post, thanks for sharing!

  9. Do you write every day? Do you have a word goal for each day you write?

  10. Love the excerpt.

  11. amy bowens says:

    Love the cover very eye catching!

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