Monday, April 15, 2013

On being a multi-published author.


Patricia Davids here.
I'd like to wish you a happy Tax Day. I hope you have filed your taxes. If you haven't, stop reading this blog and get cracking. You have until midnight.

I'm sure many of you realize how drastically an author's life changes when they become published. I wanted to share with you some of the changes in my life.

Recently, I reached a milestone in my writing career. I finished my 22nd manuscript. It was an awesome feeling. To celebrate completing my book, I played fetch with my dog Sadie, loaded the dishwasher, picked up all the dirty clothes I’d left scattered around the house for the two weeks I was in panic-stricken deadline mode, and then I got into my car and went to KFC and got supper.

As I was sitting in the drive-thru, I said to myself, "Pat, this is a sad way to celebrate."

I went home, ate my yummy chicken pot pie and wonderful apple turnover in front of the TV and thought, "Hey, a long soak in a hot bath will end my day on an high note."

So, I started the water, added the bubbles, let the tub fill and went to get in. At that point, I thought, "Gee, this is a little chilly."

I ran some more hot water, but WAIT. There was no more hot water. Ugh! Don't you hate that when it happens?

I finished my tepid bubble bath in short order, and spent the next twenty minutes lying face down on the laundry room floor cleaning beneath and relighting the pilot light on my old hot water heater.

Dust bunnies and spiders live under there! Okay, they were tiny spiders and they are dead now, but YUCK.

After the blue flame was glowing once more, I headed to bed in my flannel nightgown. As I lay on a small sliver of the mattress while my snoring 75lb yellow Labrador took up the rest of the bed, I thought, "Golly, it's amazing how being a multi-published, award winning romance novelist and the author of 22 books has changed my life."

Just so you know. Life isn't always greener on the other side.

Book #22 will be out next year. Book # 18, Plain Admirer, will be on sale in June.

9 comments:

  1. LOL, be careful, remember the movie Romancing the Stone...

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  2. Oh, Pamela, I don't think I'm up to a South American adventure, even with Michael Douglas.

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  3. Ah, yes, that glamorous life. I can identify.

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  4. LOL, Pat!! That's so true. But still, a milestone worth celebrating--however that plays out. :)

    By the way!!! I have news for you to celebrate--maybe in a bigger way this time. :)

    Your book was awarded the top LI in the RT Reviewer's Choice Award! Congratulations!!! Here's the page:

    http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-awards/nominees-and-winners#Series

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  5. By the way, that was for A Home for Hannah.

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  6. Congrats, Pat, on 22 books and the fantastic RT Reviewer's Choice Award!

    You need to celebrate! Maybe chocolate would work better than the hot bath. :)

    Congrats, also, to Missy who was an RT finalist!

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  7. Enjoyed this post, Pat (your dog is precious!). CONGRATULATIONS on reaching your milestone AND on your RT Award---how exciting! ~ Thank you for being so open and honest about the "glamorous life" of a pubbed author--it's a good reminder for those of us still dreaming about (and working towards) publication.
    Blessings, Patti Jo

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  8. Missy,
    Learning I had won The Review's Choice Award for Best Love Inspired of 2012 was awesome. Can't wait to spread the news. I plan to be in KC to accept my RT Award in person.
    If my glamorous life doesn't throw me a curve ball.

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  9. Pat, as I often ask--When does the glamorous life of an author start?
    I have not yet received any cogent reply. :-)

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