Hey everyone! This is Meg. Thanks for stopping by to read Bebe Knight’s guest post! Stay tuned at the end for a blurb from her book. Enjoy! -Meg
When I sat down to write An Element of Time, I didn’t have any concept as to what it would take to become a published author. It was just an idea I had brainstormed for my NaNoWriMo challenge and I thought it would be fun to try writing a full length novel. Sure, I had dabbled a bit with short stories and plays, but nothing as daunting as a 100K word manuscript and nothing close to being worthy of submitting to agents or publishers.
As I typed ‘The End’, I realized this might actually be something worth pursuing. After many rounds of editing, a name change or two and a major plot twist added, I finally felt ready enough to start submitting. If you’re like me, then the next step was not only the hardest, but scariest: The Dreaded Query Letter and Synopsis.
No joke, I think it took me longer to write the synopsis than it took me to write the first draft of my novel. I’m an over thinker. I re-read and revise all the time. I’m doing it right now. I changed my query letter after every five rejection letters. You know, just in case it was the letter’s fault I was rejected and not my masterpiece.
It took me a year and a half of on and off querying to find my publisher. There were times when I decided to give up for a bit and there were times when I barreled through the aggravation. Trying to get your work published can sometimes be an emotional rollercoaster. One day you’re ecstatic because an agent/publisher requests your full manuscript and then the next day you’re depressed because one of your dream agents/publishers turns you down.
If you’re just starting to write or your journey through the query process, remember this: Tomorrow is another day. There will be highs and lows in your writing career, just like everything else in life. Don’t let the system overwhelm you to the point where you’re not having fun anymore. Always remember why you started writing in the first place and never let anything or anyone keep you from following your dream.
An Element of Time
Eternal Flame Series: Book One
By: Bebe Knight
Released September 24th, 2013 through Solstice Publising
A vampire and a slayer walk into a bar… Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Veronica and Mackenzie, it’s the beginning of the rest of their lives…
The world has seen its fair share of evil, but Veronica Chase had no idea such monsters truly existed. Werewolves, poltergeists, witches… even vampires. Ignorance was bliss. But her reality was crushed on that horrid day her family was taken away from her. Now, Veronica has devoted her entire life to hunting those very creatures, searching for the werewolf pack that murdered her parents in hopes of finding her abducted sister. Nothing will get in her way of settling the score for the hand she was unjustly dealt. That is until her newest assignment brings her to her knees.
After one hundred and eight years on earth, Mackenzie Jones thought he had seen it all. With the exception of daylight of course, but that’s what comes with the territory being a vampire and all. Perpetually damned to live his life as a bartender in the shadows of the night, nothing has sparked his interest lately. Just once he wished something exciting would happen in his mundane life. Little did he know, his wish was about to come true. Walking through the door to his bar, and into his heart, Mackenzie allows love to take the wheel for the first time. There’s just one slight problem. She’s there to kill him.
Bebe Knight, author of the Eternal Flame Series, lives in Upstate NY with her husband and son. Writing has always been a part of her life whether it be books, plays, or handwritten letters to friends and family. It’s a dream come true for her to be able to share her stories with others.
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