I am a horse trainer. I showed horses over fences for many years. I view getting published from the same reference that I do when I enter the show ring: The first obstacle is always the hardest.
So many of us want to be published authors; to see our works with our name emblazoned on the cover, a dramatic graphic behind it, and a bar code.
I wonder when (not if) that day comes, what will be next? What happens after the contract is signed, the advance is paid, and the publishing date is announced. What is the future once the book is on the shelf and in eformat. Heck, what happens when I need to write the screenplay? Go on book signing tours? Look at my face on the back cover? (Yeesched!)
Is it all anti-climatic at that point?
For me, hell no! There is still the rest of the course to jump, and since I have way too many stories in my head that need to be put to paper, I'll be just getting started. And I mean I have good stories!
Yes indeed. Getting published is a lot like showing over fences. It's a challenge, it isn't easy, and it's damn addictive. I wonder if my creative well might dry up once everything in my head is in print and/or on a screen.