05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Six months strong

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you’ll know I always post a disclaimer that I’m really not much of a blogger. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, it’s that I’m not sure I’ll come up with anything entertaining. So, when Judith sent out invites to fill a monthly spot here at RTG, I decided to go for it. I figured, ‘hey, I can do once a month, no problem.’ And, so far I have….but not without wracking my brain for an article that won’t have your eyes glazing over. Granted, they gave us a topic to blog about each month, which is helpful, but still, it’s not that easy to come up with something entertaining.

This month RTG is celebrating it’s six month anniversary…go RTG!! Which means, I’ve been blogging for six months and so far I haven’t driven you away. Haha
Now, since it’s our party, I can blog what I want to.

A couple of weeks ago my first full-length novel went on sale—online—at Decadent Publishing. This novel, FORGET ME NOT, was a true labor of love. I wrote it 8 years ago…yes you saw correctly, 8 years. Some people call me crazy, some say I’m persistent…me, I just say I’m stubborn. I believed in this book from day one…maybe because it was my first ever completed novel and I refused to give up on it. I went through two agents and one and a half editors and over two dozen rejections before it finally landed on the ‘right’ desk, and even then I still had some revising to do. But, I didn’t mind, it’s par for the course. I consider myself a perfectionist, if I’m going to do something I’m going to do it right or keep doing it until I get it right. I’m like that with my blogs too, which is why it can take me up to a week to write one. Haha

So, tell me, what is it you’ve felt so passionate about that you couldn’t give up until you got it right?

As an aside, one commenter will win a copy of my e-book.


Judith Ashley said...

Hi Terri,

Can't say your not a blogger anymore, lol...

I'm not as technically adept as I'd like to be. But I am passionate about Romancing The Genres and so, bit-by-bit, I'm learning the 'behind-the-scenes' stuff that makes it work.

I'm also passionate about my first book because I've rewritten it a couple of times and am still making adjustments in order to polish it to a new shine and enter the Golden Heart (thanks to the inspiring messages from our Golden Heart finaling/winning guest in June).

Terri Molina said...

That sounds awesome, Judith. Good luck with the GH!

Sarah Raplee said...

I feel the same way as you about my first ever completed novel. I just have to find time to finish typing it into Word, because I wrote it longhand before I had a laptop. My only writing time was after work while waiting for a ride home.:)

I realized that for a writer, persistence is essential. I looked for ways to overcome roadblocks, instead of giving up. Our stubbornness works for both of us!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your new release!!!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Terri,
I too feel passionate about my first ever novel. I walked around in a daze for days after I signed the contract. When the book finally arrived I slept with it under my pillow.