Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Getting your Book ready to Publish

Stacy Nix
Writing a book is a wonderful experience, by Stacy Nix
When I mention to someone that I have written a
book, and I am getting ready to release it soon, they
look at me as if they want to get my autograph.  I am so honored and humbled to have had the gift to write.

It goes back many years for me.  I didn't just wake up one day and say "I want to become a writer."  It is in my blood.  It was a true gift from God.   I began writing small things.   It started for me in about 6th grade.  I loved to read and would take a flash light to bed so I could read under the covers. Soon I would take a pencil and paper under the sheets and try to rewrite some of the stories or add on to them.

As years went by and I left college, I was in the
work force.  THE VIETNAM WAR  was in full force and everyone was working, going to collage or in the service.  Young men were drafted at that time.

I wanted to be a War Correspondent, but I didn't have the credentials.   I was only
20 something, at the time, and working in a "Trust Department" of a bank.    The best I could do at the time was to send cameras and film to Vietnam and get them  back and develop the photo's.   I shared them with the newspapers, but you never knew what they would use and they didn't care about paying you for them.  Sometimes I would see similar photo's  I was developing, in the newspapers, but I really couldn't take the credit for the Photos, as I never knew for sure if anyone used them. I didn't really care at the time, as long as the public could see what was going on in the War.   With two soldiers from  Vietnam and another lady I wrote a story about the War while listing to the song, by the Hollies, "He Ain't Heavy  He's My Brother".   Someday I plan on getting that published.  It was a beginning for me that kept me writing.    After writing copy for advertising for many companies, and writing my Real Estate Advertisements and Real Estate Newsletters,  I worked for Fox News Radio and many other grateful businesses. I decided this was my love.  I had creative writing classes in collage, among other majors such as psychology, ugh....and experience behind me, so I pursued writing on the side.  In the future I was blessed to meet a magnificent Lady that knew the Reagan's.  She knew that I had written a screen play about Alzheimer's and took it to Nancy Reagan.  After Nancy told her that she liked it, Lillie my friend asked me to write a book about her life including the Reagan's. That is my baby, "Situation Maid."   It takes a long time to do a  book.  You have your initial drafts, your additions,  your deletes, your spelling and grammar and corrections etc.
Sometimes it is like moving a mountain to get someone to even look at your work.
After sending out proposals to Agents and many rejection letters I was blessed to have been picked up by a wonderful Agent.  I had to turn down a few offers in the beginning because they didn't feel comfortable to me.   I was blessed with my match and my Agent
matched me up with a wonderful Publishing Co... A match made in Heaven including a
outstanding Editor.  So now we are in the last part of our edits and will soon be going to
our release period.    I have left out so much, so you can fill in the blanks... I only want to encourage anyone that is a writer to keep on with your writing and never give up.
When I sit down to write I never know where it is going to end, just like this article.
I almost sit down with my eyes shut and let my fingers do the work.   Its  a gift I say.....
Thank You for reading. 
Please let me know if I can be of any help to you in your writing adventure.

 I must say that I am very blessed by my husband, John, (Elvis's Cousin)   He has encouraged me through the years and always blows the horn for me........
I love to help others.
Stacy Nix