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Welcome to my blog, where I will keep you up-to-date with my publishing journey, answer questions from my web page, or chat about anything else worth sharing that happens to pop into my head. Along the way I hope you will learn the power of my four "P" words: passion, plan, patience and persistence.
Tomorrow my husband and I will board an airplane for
This morning I checked the web page for The Weather Channel....brrrr. It's snowing in the city, and the highest predicted temperature for next week is a nippy 42 degrees F. What's a
As I think about my journey, I am amazed at how far I've traveled and at how long it's taken me to get to this point. In 1991, after my previous husband tried to murder
Two years later I updated my book plan with my next goal - to learn to write. I joined the International Women's Writing Guild and attended their summer conference. The following year I attended another IWWG conference, then progressed to a new writing level that fall at the Writer's Retreat Workshop . I found persistence. I would need all four P's as my focus once more switched, this time to the state capitol and changing the no-fault divorce law of
After the law was passed, I once more focused on my writing plan and found my mentor Gail Provost, who patiently worked with me as I developed my writing voice along with the characters and plot of my memoir. By now I had become adept at passion, plan, patience, and persistence and over the next ten years I juggled writing with dating, marriage, travel, house remodeling, charity volunteering and a full time job to maintain a balanced life.
My writing journey has gone through several stages of query letters and proposals. I've gathered at least forty rejection letters, rightfully so, because my manuscript was far from ready. I was fortunate to sign with a mentoring agent four years ago but she found out that she could not sell my story as true crime because I wasn't dead....thankfully. We amicably parted ways. Last year I started my query letter routine once more, this time with a completed, professionally edited manuscript.
Throughout my journey, I have steadfastly believed that my story would be published when it was supposed to be published, not a moment sooner or later. My initial query to Rachel was in February. A word to the wise....don't always assume an email query from a web page form will make it through cyber space and end up with the intended recipient. Fortunately I had the good sense to follow-up with a snail-mail query. Four months later Rachel requested my manuscript by email. Why aren't all agents into using modern technology? It would save a lot of trees.
Another four months passed and it miraculously happened that Rachel read my manuscript in
Working with Rachel has been a dream come true. I feel like I am speaking to a long time friend and advocate as we work our way through the process of contracts, edits and submissions. I try to be her dream client and not bug her. Quite honestly I don't know how literary agents survive with all the mail and manuscripts they sift through, so I respect that any time we spend together on the phone is special. After some minor edits, Rachel sent out the proposal and within several days she sold my manuscript to Samantha at
So here I am, getting ready to go back to meet Rachel and Samantha. Because my husband and I are award winning home winemakers we plan on sharing some of our wine with them. What a wonderful trip this should be! Until next time.....thanks for reading.
As you can see, Barbara indeed found her passion with a steadfast belief that she could educate and prevent other women from becoming prey to the ultimate human predator and imposter. She has changed
Congratulations on living and getting this far into the publication cycle. I’ll be more than interested to watch (read) about your journey and try to find the four P’s for my writing efforts. rickWRW05,06 rick 2007-01-24
Hello Barbara. This is Joyce,. Rosanne Gully and I met last night at the Rue 57. Again, congratulations!!! Have a lovely time in NY!! Joyce Schembri firstname.lastname@example.org :
I ran across your site while researching literary agents. I am very impressed with your writing journey and I anxiously await your book! I am a former crisis intervention counselor and social worker and was physically abused during my first marriage. I am also a writer (humor) and a true crime buff, so, as you can see, I have all the ingredients for fascination with your story! Congratulations on your writing success! Is there any way to reserve a book or get notification when it is published?
Best Wishes,Crystal Wergin
Thanks for your post and your interest in my story. Release is currently set for May 2008. Congratulations on working your way past your personal tragedy. Please contact me through the Contact Us on the web page so I can have your email address. I will add it to my notification list. Remember, if you change email addresses you must let me know so I can update the list.