I fell into my love for reading back when I was fourteen and with that came the realisation of what I dreamed of doing for a job; to become a published author (of fiction specifically).
From the start, I knew the likelihood of it playing out is something that would be rare and difficult to accomplish, especially to then do it successfully enough to become a full-time author.
The fact that it’s on the creative side means that it’s somethin g that’s more about making connections with other people than just going and handing in a job application for a recent vacancy or something. That meant I required a lot of research on my part, especially since the publishing industry in itself is still such a huge mysterious thing that not many people know about in relation to what goes on behind the scenes.
That was where other published authors came into play. I found that authors, especially those in the Young Adult literature community, were what allowed me to find out everything I know now about the publishing process; the steps to take and the hardships to come with both pursuing and if I achieve my dream job.
A lot of authors tend to face the criticism from others about writing not being a ‘proper job’ and even though I’m still working towards it, I’ve still faced those criticisms myself from members of my family. I’ve even eavesdropped on them criticising me behind my back about my choice to do writing. That itself has been something that both made me even more determined to become published, but also something that, at times, has been difficult to ignore when I experienced moments of self-doubt with whatever I was working on. Finding other writer friends on both social media and in people I knew already was something that really helped to motivate me in my writing though. Having that support has been a great thing to have to encourage me to eventually reach that stage where I’ll be ready to reach out for agents and then hopefully have a publisher take enough interest in my work to offer me a publishing deal.