The idea of having many Made It MomentS (as opposed to one single one) is oft-shared amongst the inspiring crew I call the Momenters. Here, Peg Herring provides a list that really drives the concept home. Any one of these bullet points signifies success as a writer, but sitting back and resting on laurels is something no author would do. With every book we write and learn from…we are making it.
First, thanks to Jenny for letting me contribute to Suspense Your Disbelief!
My Blog Tour consists of a mix of interviews with Seamus, the Dead Detective, and posts on writing. A full schedule is posted on my blog, It’s A Mystery to Me: http://itsamysterytomepegherring.blogspot.com/.
Prizes: People who comment on any blog post on the tour will be entered in drawings for several prizes: Dead Detective T-shirts, copies of THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY and DEAD FOR THE MONEY (paperback or e-books available), and the chance to be a character in the third of the series DEAD FOR THE SHOW. Multiple winners will be drawn.
How Did I Know I’d Made It?
Like many things in life, writing success is a process. I could never sit back and say, “I’ve made it,” but there are signs along the way that let a person know the process is humming along in a positive direction. Here are some “Made-it Moments” I’ve had since my first book got me started.
1st agent = Somebody thinks I can write!
1st contract = Somebody will pay me to do this!
1st sighting of my book in a store = Somebody thinks I can make money for them!
1st fan email = Somebody took the time to let me know they like my work!
1st fan who approached me at a con = Somebody actually wants my autograph!
1st panel at a con = Somebody considers me a professional!
1st review = Somebody who critiques writing across the genre thinks I’m good!
1st award = A lot of somebodies think something I wrote is the best!
There are many thrills for me in writing. LL-Publications just signed me for a new series, and I’m excited to get to work on that. I also get to write more of my other series, the Simon & Elizabeth (Tudor) books and the Dead Detective Mysteries. I love creating stories people enjoy and having them gently harass me to “get busy and write the next one.”
There will be more Made-it Moments in my future, if I keep writing and improving (and promoting). As of today, the award THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY got from EPIC for Best Mystery of 2012 is my favorite Made-it Moment. For one thing, it’s still fresh in my mind, and for another, it’s a step up the ladder of success I keep in the back of my mind. I expect each book to be better than the last, so DEAD FOR THE MONEY should surpass Book #1. As long as I keep getting better as a writer, I’m pretty sure I’m making it, a little bit, every day.
Peg Herring graduated from the University of Michigan, then worked in education, teaching English, history, and communications. In 2002 she left teaching to pursue full-time writing.
Peg Herring’s love of history and years of teaching Shakespeare led to Macbeth’s Niece, her first published novel (Five Star). These days Peg speaks to groups on the writing process, genres, and public speaking. When not writing, directing musical groups, or gardening, she and her husband enjoy travel, both abroad and in the Unites States.