Monday, February 11, 2013

Sharing the Love: One Way to Look at Writing a Book by Margo Hoornstra

“If I don’t make a dime on this book, that’s okay, because I truly enjoyed the process.”

That was me about four years ago as I gazed down at my first published novel, Honorable Intentions.

I wasn’t lying, I had a good time writing that book every step of the way.

Who wouldn't love the magic that happens when you combine the concepts of what if and why not.
Or the germ of an idea as it becomes the pages of a first draft.

The reconsiderations and rewrites as characters develop pasts and personalities.

The suggestions of critique partners and editors who see possibilities I never would have imagined.

The value of their fresh eyes on a manuscript I’d read over and over and over again was invaluable. They caught everything from typing mistakes to erroneous descriptions. (The hero’s eyes were brown when he was introduced then somehow turned to green later on.) To incomplete story arcs. (The heroine had issues with her father that needed to be resolved.)

And my work was made better as a result.

What I really enjoyed were the occasional and coveted WOW! comments from an editor who had read and re-read my many, many writes and re-writes as we neared the finish line.

Receiving the jpg file of cover art is another kick. A combination of my descriptions and the artist’s skill.

And that wonderful experience of the book going ‘live’ as it’s introduced and available for public consumption.

Yes, sir, I certainly did enjoy the process of writing my first book. But, now that I have three more books published for the Class of '85 series, one contracted and soon to be released for a new Dearly Beloved series and with more in the works, getting a dime or two for all that effort would be nice.

And on that note, a gentle reminder: Join me and four other authors - Jannine Gallant, Keena Kincaid, Kat Henry Doran and Silver James - who are Sharing the Love with FREE DAYS for our Class of ’85 reunion series books, February 14 and 15 exclusively on Amazon KDP Select. So mark your calendars and join us over at Amazon on those days. Check out my blog for the links.

By the way, my contribution is To Be, Or Not.

Hope to see you there.




Jannine Gallant said...

There's something about that first book. We poor our heart into it, only to find out just how much we don't know about the art of writing. The agony of trimming our baby and shaping it into something publishable is truly a memorable experience. Thanks for sharing your journey through the birth of your first!

Margo Hoornstra said...


Memorable indeed. Thanks for being a part of my process.

Barbara Edwards said...

I'm currently reading 'to be or not' and enjoying it.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Music to my ears, Barbara. Especially the part about enjoying it. Thank you.

Brenda Gayle said...

Writing certainly has its ups and downs, doesn't it? It's important to remember the feelings we had when we finished that first manuscript, received that first contract, held that first book in our hands--that's helps get you through the tougher times. It's important to keep the joy in writing. I've read a number of the Class of '85 books and have marked the free days on my calendar to pick up a few more. And of course, I'm going to get To Be, or Not as soon as it's released. Best of luck.

Wild Women Authors said...

Hi, Margo
sorry for the delay in responding to your post. Your words brought back many great memories of when I held my first book in my hands for the first time. It was exactly how I felt when they placed my first baby in my arms. That little girl was as much wanted as the book.
thanks for making that all come back!
Kat Doran

Diane Burton said...

Love your enthusiasm. Great post.