• Bella Dean Joyner

Which Path to Take

"And I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken"

All of my life I have dreamed of the day that I would be a published writer. I imagined sending my written work away to hundreds of publishers, editors, and agents until I found the perfect people who would embrace me, my style, and all of my blood, sweat, and tears. I've spent years mentally bracing myself for the rejection letters that would come, or may not come. I've watched movies and read novels about working authors who had fantastic friendships with their agents and wondered when that might be me. I did so many Google searches about different literary agencies and wondered which brand would represent me some day. I've read Stephen King's On Writing and tried to remember the process word for word. When would that day come for me?

As with everything, time washed over those dreams like a wave and left everything a little askew when it went back out to sea. People aren't going to a lot of the name brand bookstores as much as they used to. They have turned to ebooks where their complete libraries are an extension of themselves throughout the day. I've been guilty of this myself. In fact, I can say that it's made me much more involved in the writing community. I've read authors whose books I may just have scanned over on the bookstore shelves. I've left reviews and given opinions. I've read more than I probably ever would have simply because of the convenience of picking up my Kindle, searching through the suggested titles, and picking something that fits my mood for that day.

I'm not entirely sure why I never put two and two together until today, but once the idea hit me it altered the planned route of my journey and left me wondering if a solution so simple was actually the correct way to go. Wouldn't the better route be one of convention and proven success? Would breaking away from that really be the better route for me?

Since I've never been one to take the easy or expected route, I've decide to break those norms and join the ranks of authors who have chosen to take the reigns of their lives as authors, be masters of their own publication, creators of their own successes. I will be using Amazon to start my publication journey. The agents and editors and hardback publishers can come later. But for now, and the foreseeable future, I have decided to take the road less traveled. And you, my friends, get to follow me step by step on this journey! I'm so incredibly excited, more so than I have been in a long time, for what the future has in store for me. Time to bring The Still to life!

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