Thankful Guest Post by author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Brighton Walsh!
Nov19

Thankful Guest Post by author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Brighton Walsh!

  I’ve been fortunate enough to have a blessed writing career so far. Lots of people have been there along the way to help me…to guide me. Lots of people there for me to thank. Obvious choices are my agent (who’s magical) and my editors (who are also magical). And, yes, absolutely they’ve all helped shape my career into what it is right now. But my thank you today needs to go back a few years. To when I was fumbling around with this burning urge to write, but no direction on where to go. It was then, three years ago, when my critique partner, Jeanette Grey, pointed me to a call for submission. I read it, got an idea, and wrote. And wrote. And wrote. From my fingers poured a novella that would later become PLUS ONE. Once I’d polished that baby up as best I could, I sent it off to her for critique. And then I sat, refreshing my e-mail and waiting for a response. And when it came, it wasn’t what I thought it’d be. It wasn’t heaps of critique (though that was definitely there, as any good CP will give). It wasn’t a gentle let down telling me I should work on something else. It wasn’t even a thumbs up to send off to whom I’d originally intended. Instead, she told me to forget the call and sub to the bigger e-publishers. I thought she was out of her mind. Surely I wasn’t good enough for that. Not now. Not yet. But, as a good CP does, she pushed. She pushed and shoved and coerced until I finally relented and believed what she was saying. With baited breath and eyes closed in hopeful anticipation, I sent it off to the three publishers she’d suggested. And, short months later, I received The Call. I don’t know how different my path would’ve been if I hadn’t had her there to guide me to something bigger than I was striving for. If I’d submitted to that very, very small original publisher and hadn’t gone the path I did, I might still be where I am today. But I might not. So now you can see why, while my agent and editors are all important pieces in my puzzle, I chose my CP out of all the people to thank. Because without her guidance and gentle, albeit insistent, nudging, there wouldn’t even be a puzzle. She’s been with me since the beginning—at a time before even I was ready to dip my toes into the world of writing original fiction. She listened to me whine and moan about...

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