About That Whole 'Getting Published' Business

Remember back when I said I wanted to be a published author? Yeah, about that. It’s been a few months and I think it’s time for an update. Pursuing publication quickly became troublesome. Mainly because I realized the pursuit was for the wrong reasons. And even if being published is a good thing, I can’t want it for bad reasons.

Where am I now?

To be honest, much in the same place.

I’m still writing. Still blogging. Not as antsy. But more content. And I’m alright with that.

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Being a published author is still somewhat of a dream, but I can honestly say it’s not a goal. Before, being published meant my writing was important. That it resonated with an audience.

But you know what?

My words are finding an audience.

I can’t tell you how encouraged I am by your notes. Whether you’ve sent me a personal message, left a comment, or interacted with me on Twitter you have brightened my day. You’ve shown me that working right where I am – usually on my couch in my yoga pants – can have meaning. The creative life, or whatever it is we call this, doesn’t have to be glitzy. For so many of us, it’s just real. And that’s what I want to provide: a real space, kept up by a real woman, sharing real work with real people. You, friends, are my people. I want to serve you well with my words. And, right now, that’s where I’m happy to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got big ideas for this space. I’ve just joined Google’s Ad Display Network, to try to compensate some of the time I spend online. I’ll be hosting a linkup party in the coming weeks, to get to know you better. And thoughts of a rebrand for later in the year are swirling around in my head. So I haven’t stopped dreaming, I’m just dreaming differently now.

In closing, I just want to say thanks for following this rambling fool in her wanderings. I can’t say I didn’t warn you. But I am glad you’re here. So glad. It’s an honor to be in your company.

Onward.

9 Comments

  1. Bek on May 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Victoria, I love reading your blog! Your words do have an audience, and who knows where God will bring this blog or how He’ll use it in the years to come. You are awesome, friend! 🙂

    • Victoria on May 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      YOU’RE AWESOME! 🙂 I’ve loved learning that it’s not about the audience, it’s about what you can BRING to the audience. Numbers don’t matter, hearts do. hugs and kisses

  2. Stella on May 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Get it girl!
    I love catching up with you via the blog. You always have a little wisdom to share. Thanks for being you!

    • Victoria on May 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you Stella!!! You’re so kind! I’m so blessed to live in a day that allows us to share words so easily.

  3. Catherine on May 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I love being in community with you and I too have dreams of being published. But I think I want it published because I want to know that I completed something…a good work done. But just being able to write and be in a community of writers has been a huge blessing and a reward in of itself. I think I’m slowly learning the right reasons to publish as well.

  4. Carla on May 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Victoria, your writing has encouraged me to write. To write and to be honest. I have been a part of your audience (although a passive part of it) for some time, and have enjoyed reading a bit of your heart. I look forward to reading your work for some time, and seeing what God does in and through you.

    • Victoria on May 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Thank you Carla 🙂 Thank you, thank you. You’re a true encouragement! I’m thrilled for your blogging endeavors!

  5. J. Rae on May 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hurrah for couches and yoga pants! Have you given self-publishing any thoughts?

    • Victoria on May 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Self-publishing. Right. I’ve never given it serious thought, but I know it’s a growing industry! I think there are far more pros now than when self-publishing first became a “thing”. Personally, I had some self-published authors leave bad taste in my mouth so historically I’ve had a bit of prejudice against it. BUT lately I’ve been seeing so many well done self-published books (a lovely children’s book called ‘There Once Was A King’ comes to mind 😉 lol) that maybe I should give it a second thought!

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