Get Yourself Some Cheerleaders

I hope to encourage and inspire someone today.

I’ve been writing and editing and fretting over the industry for a couple years with no interest returned in my direction. LOL. Then, earlier this month, I told you about the romance I contracted with Turquoise Morning Press.  <– My author page on their site SQUEEE!!! Eh-hem, *smooths hair* About a week later, I was offered a contract on a humorous women’s fiction I penned over a year ago, Death by Chocolate. I was offered a three book deal. The editor loved it and thinks readers will want more, so now I have two more books to dream up and juggle (uh-oh). The first installment won’t be on shelves until August 2012, so I’ll provide deets on that series when it’s closer to reality. For today it just feels so far away. BUT – my point is, I found someone who loved it. You have to find someone who loves your work and you can’t find them if you lose confidence or quit. No amount of silence means there will never be interest. It only means you haven’t found the cheerleader you need.

We need cheerleaders to push us on and remind us its okay to flounder sometimes. Cheerleaders give us inspiration and information and keep us moving forward. Without them, we’d quit trying. I don’t think we’d quit writing because, well, we’re all sick with some undiagnosed illness which compels us, but we’d probably stop putting ourselves out there.

Get yourself some cheerleaders. While you’re at it, make sure you’re cheering for others too. You know what it’s like. I’ve met amazing mentors and friends on Twitter. I highly encourage you to open a twitter account and follow me, then look at who is following me, or who I’m following. You’ll find thousands of people just like us. Then, follow them. Following writers, agents, and editors on twitter will help you meet people who can and will get behind you. I met my crit group through twitter. I met my awesome writer bestie that way, fellow TMP authors, superior betas, book reviewers, you name it. Twitter is a free and incredibly valuable resource. If you have any questions about it contact me. I love helping out. Granted, I’m a total newbie, but I might have something to offer an even newer newbie and if you need it and I have it, its yours.

Make some connections. You’ll be so glad you did!

Tweet me @JulieALindsey

8 comments to Get Yourself Some Cheerleaders

  • Congratulations!!! Wow, such exciting news. I see I checked in on your blog at just the right time. *waves pom poms*

  • Congratulations Julie!!! That’s awesome news. And your author site looks great.

  • Lindsay! Thank you!!! *Spirit fingers* Gooooooo Writers!!!!

    Rae Ann! Thanks! I’m pretty giddy. LOL. Of course, it doesn’t take much, but lately I really am over excitable. Yey! Thank you!!

  • I found my cheerleader! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! As a former HS cheerleader (sshhh) I completely agree. The world needs more cheerleaders!

  • Seriously LOVE LOVE this post. Just what I needed. Thank you! Yep, you inspired me. My lil cheerleader. Thanks for being you (and never sleeping!)!

  • I have a few cheerleaders. Couldn’t live without them. I’m so lucky to write during the time of the Internet. While it offers distractions, it also makes it easy to reach out to other writers.

    If you get a chance, please visit my blog. I’m holding a 500 follower contest. Great prizes!

  • Congrats on your three book deal! That is awesome! I know you’ve been a help to me with this whole blogging, tweeting, writing thing. I get discouraged a lot, but then I think of your story and other writer’s success stories and it does keep me moving forward. So a BIG thank you for sharing with us! :)

  • I’ve never been a cheerleader sort of girl, but your spirit is catching!

    We’ve got spirit, yes we do!
    We’ve got spirit, how ’bout you?

    Don’t tell anyone I just did that, ok…

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