Welcome to a new week my dearest radiant sunshines, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a beautiful week ahead dancing to your own beat!
Many of you have been following my journey in writing the novel I’m working on, this week I was super excited to find out that Hallmark’s next period for book submissions is this year in September. However, after watching an interview featuring Stacey Donovan, The Publishing Director of Hallmark just a few days later, I quickly became a little flustered. I found out that they rarely do stories that take place outside the US, which is a problem because the setting of my novel takes place in Canada.
My first instinct was, “well I’ll just create a second version of the story that takes place someplace in the US. However, when I discussed the problem with my husband who reflected my own inner thoughts of confliction back at me, “Are you going to change the story you’ve been working so hard on for someone else, or are you going to do you?” I realized at that moment that going back now and starting over on all these details that I’ve woven throughout my story did not excite me.
This quote by bestlovequoteslove.com truly says it simply and beautifully. I’ve decided when I’m finished I may boldly submit my book knowing that I’m taking a risk. I believe in my book and the story I’ve created and I know there are other ways to get my story out there into the hands of the audience who’s hearts it’s meant to touch.
In college, I took a drop in my final grade for going against making a change in a few poems that my professor recommended I revise, which didn’t feel right or settle well with me, even after giving it some thought and trying it out. Later that next school year I got up the courage and submitted one of those poems we disagreed on to the school poetry magazine and had it accepted for publication and received many positive responses from others who read it. It just goes to show that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another, but that’s okay.
I’m mulling over the idea of self-publishing, which is something I’ve been looking at as a way to publish an illustrated anthology of poetry and short stories. This is becoming an increasingly inspired method of publishing for writers and artists alike to get there work out there to the masses. It’s innovative, outside the box, and there are a growing number of reputable companies available for self-publishing, each with their own unique set of valuable traits for the author to choose from to meet their needs.
Always be open, there may be doors to opportunists you may never have dreamed possible. If we are truly open to opportunities they will find us when we least expect them if we continue moving forward each and every day. Don’t let life’s hiccups get in your way, discourage you, or keep you from dreaming big…some may say the sky is the limit, but they lack adventure and imagination. Keep dreaming as the possibilities are infinite!
What obstacles have you faced head-on by dancing unabashedly to your own hearts rhythm, rather than going with the choices that others tried to make for you? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your stories!💖