“You Are a Writer; You are a Quarterback” by Joan Y. Edwards
You are a writer. You are a quarterback who needs a team of people to help him get published. Perhaps what I wrote below will speak to you. I get a thrill when a quarterback throws the ball way down the field and a receiver catches it. It is even more exciting when the receiver is in the end zone when he catches it…publication! I hope you enjoy reading this. Read it aloud and see if it’s calling your name.
You are a quarterback. You put my great ideas inside a manuscript shaped like a football. Your dreams are inside with it. You hand off your football to the running back editor or pass it to the tight end agent. You want them to stick to my manuscript and do everything in the world to keep from losing it. You want them to run effectively and efficiently and carry my manuscript football down to the publication goal line. You want them to stretch their arms across that goal line to teach me how to give it the extra zing my writing needs for readers to fill the stadium to watch a replay of your story and the six points you got for touchdown publication. The place kicker marketer on your special team comes in and kicks your manuscript up higher over bars of expectation and gains an extra point for great release day activities. The balloons rise to the skies. The bells ring. The people in the stadium cheer so loud no one can hear you thank them.
Writing Offense: Query
Quarterback: Idea Man, Goals, Writer, Illustrator
Sweep Play is when the book hits the New York Best Seller’s List.
The End Zone is only an end zone when you give up and don’t come to play the next game.
Referees are your mentors who teach you and help you learn the ways that work and the ones that don’t work to get to publication. They may be the people who reject you and say” no.” But these people fuel you with more enthusiasm and determination to get that goal.
If you don’t make the goal the first time, you need a Defensive Line
After you receive a rejection or decide you need to revise your plan, you need a Defensive Line. Your defensive line includes people to support, encourage, teach, inspire, train, and promote me. These are family, friends, critique partners, and professionals who introduce you to new possibilities and ways to build your strengths.
Linemen come to help. Left tackle protects your confidence. Left guard keeps your chin up in the face of fear.
The God you believe in, is your center who helps keep your mind, body, spirit, life, and writing goals in balance.
Right guard protects your body from overwork and exertion. Right tackle gives you the people and resources you need to find a publisher for your writing.
The coach, your subconscious mind, your innermost thoughts and wishes, your heart and soul, tells you where the game is going to be played and makes sure you have the right equipment and materials to safely get you where you want to go.
Yes, you are a writer. You are a quarterback.”
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Do 3 fun things today.
Believe in you!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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