Getting Published Is Not a Race to the Finish Line

Meg Dowell Writes

As a teenager, I was lucky enough to stumble onto the path of a creative writing mentor. He was helpful in that frustrating way that never seems like it’s making a difference. He never once patted me on the back and said, “Good job.” He never told me I was too good to quit. For about three straight years, he never really said anything “nice” at all.

Except the last thing he’d ever end up saying to me — something I’d waited so long to hear that I’d stopped believing I ever would.

He said, “I bet you’ll be published within the next five years.”

That was his way. Saying in few words what summed up all he’d thought since meeting me.

I panicked.

Suddenly, I had a deadline. One I took very seriously, until I realized I no longer could.

The harder I tried to make it happen, the…

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If You Aren’t Doing This, You’re Managing Your Time All Wrong

I used to be a part of an organization that worked me to the breaking point. I had to leave them because I was stressed out all the time, and I couldn’t get creative under that stress. I wasn’t getting paid for my services, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back. Although I learned a lot, I still had to move on to greener pastures. Since then I have been building my business, and having a bit of fun along the way. Although crocheting bookmarks and bible covers is part of my business, I still find this taks to be a means of winding down, while listening to an audio book. Thanks for this wonderful post.

Meg Dowell Writes

I love to work.

There was a point early on in my career when I was working full-time as a staff writer AND full-time as a freelancer, on top of my ongoing hobby as a part-time blogger. I worked seven days a week, sometimes for more than 12 of the 18 or so waking hours I had each of those very long days.

I was so proud of myself for having the “willpower” to do all that. As a young twentysomething, I was making a lot of money, paying off my student loans, finishing graduate school, and convinced I’d mastered the art of working hard to earn the success I believed I deserved.

But I wasn’t doing it right.

You’ve heard plenty of “productivity experts” tell the same personal story a dozen times, so I won’t bore you with the details. In a nutshell, I thought writing all the time…

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12 Small Writing Victories Still Worth Celebrating

I may not celebrate all of these, but many of them I do, and a few more to boot! Happy writing

Meg Dowell Writes

1. You wrote today even though you didn’t feel like it!

2. You sent a big scary email to a stranger about writing!

3. You set a goal to finish something by a certain date!

4. You joined a writing group (virtual or in-person)!

5. You revised a whole chapter!

6. You reread something you wrote and didn’t totally hate the whole thing!

7. You wrote down an idea for a thing before you forgot it!

8. You told someone else about your idea and they at least pretended to be supportive!

9. A person read a thing you wrote and said a nice thing about it!

10. You have a few projects you’re looking forward to working on tomorrow!

11. You didn’t make very much progress today but at least you started the thing you said you would!

12. You didn’t slam your laptop shut crying and threatening to…

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My experience with Publishing Under the Electric Eclectic Books Brand

Hello everyone,

Today I want to talk with you about my experience publishing a book under the Electric Eclectic Books, brand. First of all, Electric Eclectic Books, is not a publishing company, the organization helps authors who write short stories or novelettes between 6000 and 20k words, market their small eBooks to a specific audience.

Personally, this is the first time I published a children’t chapter, under any brand, whether it be my own business or the Electric Eclectic brand. Although Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure is my book and I have all rights to it, I can still publish under my business name. Electirc Eclectic helps me market my book with their logo and information on the cover, which drives more traffic to my book, thus producing more sales. I received assistance during the formatting process, and some editing recommendations from other Electric Eclectic authors.

I’d like to personally like to thank Paul White, Markey Jordan Madden, and Karen J. Mossman for answering any questions I had from the start, formatting my script into the standard EE publication template, and helping me get my book cover up to standard. Publishing with Amazon’s Kindel Direct Publishing, was easy and accessible for a blind person to use. I was able to create my title page, according to the specific guidelines designed by Paul, and setting the prices for my book in each territory was simple, once I figured out which link to go to to make the necessary adjustments. Even though I had to make some corrections, they were easy to do and now I must say that I am a proud author of an Electric Eclectic book.

Personally, I would recommend that any first time author, who has a short story or novelette to publish, become an electric Eclectic author, because publishing under this brand gets your foot in the door, before you publish a full length paperback, eBook, or autio book. Readers can get a taste of your writing style, which will leave them wanting more. You can even add links to any other books you’ve published in the “about the author” section of your manuscript, so that readers can find your work if they are interested. Rest assured, I will be publishing future books under the Electric Eclectic brand in the near future.

Let me tell you a ittle about my Electric Eclectic book. The title of this new book is Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure. I got the inspiration from something I saw on twitter about a gravy train. After reading that particular tweet that whizzed right by me, an image of a little girl riding a gravy train, formed in my head.

About the book

Maggie and her mother take a special adventure on a gravy rain. The seats, walls, andother objects inside the train are made of real wood and other materials, but the outer walls and the roof of the train are made of hard baked bread dough, which is held together by thick gravy. The wheels are made of biscuits, and the track was originally made of hard baked gingerbread.

Once the biscuit wheels are destroyed during the first leg of the journey, they have to be replaced with special wheels, that though baked, won’t crumble when the rain comes to a rough spot in the track. However, the cookie track is destroyed by a massive hail stormmm, in the village of Ferry Land. Everyone has to get off the train at the Ferry Land station, so the train itself and the track can be repaired. Can Mggie and her friend Mandy solve these special mysteries on their trip? Find out as the story undolds before your very eyes.

One final mystery they have to solve, is the one about the trouble in the land of Eat-a-Lot. Who’s behind this mayhem, and how do they get caught. Take the gravy train ride with Maggie and her special friends, and help them solve these very peculiar mysteries.

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What is the name of the Electric Eclectic book that is centered around food?

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