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You Are a Great Writer

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“You Are a Great Writer” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 5 Say Good Things February.

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Are you a great writer? My answer for you follows:

You are a great writer. You are a good storyteller. Your stories keep the interest of readers from the beginning through the middle to the end. Your story endings are satisfying. Your characters are flawed people with inner problems reflected in their big outer problems that can’t be solved until something changes. Your stories are published. Once published your stories are best-selling books.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a great writer. I am a good storyteller. My stories keep the interest of readers from the beginning through the middle to the end. My story endings are satisfying. My characters are flawed people with inner problems reflected in their big outer problems that can’t be solved until something changes. My stories are published. Once published my stories are best-selling books. 

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, months, and years, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. You have to believe it’s true. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your writing skills.

Publication needs a few explanations. Publication can mean published on a blog or newsletter.

Publication can mean an eBook, a paperback book, or a hardback book.

Publication can be self-published meaning that you pay for the printing and distribution of your books. I self-published Flip Flap Floodle in 2004 to show a belief in me and my writing. I had tried for 31 years to get the book published without success. When I retired, I promised myself that I would submit Flip Flap Floodle to traditional publishers for 5 more years. If no one accepted it for publication, I would self-publish it. I self-published Flip Flap Floodle in 2004. Lucky for me they had just started self-publishing in color. It is available on Amazon. To purchase, click here.Flip Flap Floodle cover 300 res 300x420 pixels

Many times bookstores won’t buy your self-published book to put on its shelves. However, a book store may be willing to order a book for a customer when a customer knows the correct ISBN number of the book. If the author lives in the same area as the book store, the owners may allow the author to leave books to be sold on consignment of in my experience, that is for 45% off the retail price of the book.

Publication can be through a hybrid publisher who has you pay someone (not them) to edit your book, does the cover for you, but does not do picture book illustrations. Or any combination thereof. This publisher may not allow book returns. Therefore, bookstores may not put the books on their shelves.

When I submitted Larry, the Terrifying Turkey to Ravenswood Publishing and signed the contract with them, they were doing picture books. But they dropped picture books from their imprints. The owner said since I was doing my own illustrations for the Chapter Book, she would publish it under the Ravenswood imprint. I am presently working on the illustrations for this book. This is a draft copy of the cover. I hope to finish them so they can be printed by June 2016.

Larry the Terrifying Turkey (draft cover) Copyright © Joan Y. Edwards 2015

Publication can be through a traditional publisher who pays for the editing, cover, illustrations, ISBN numbers, and distribution through channels. Bookstores will take the books from these traditional publishers if they allow book returns.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide is with a traditional publisher, 4RV Publishing, LLC. The Non-Fiction Imprint Editor is looking at the complete edited version now. This beautiful cover was created by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing. Hopefully, it will be printed before June 2016.

Joan's Elder Care Guide cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing

I haven’t accomplished all of my writing goals and affirmations, but I’m on the way. I have accomplished part of them. I’m human. Like you my belief in myself may waver a little. It’s okay. We’ll still get there.

Believe in you and your writing. Write. Revise. Get your work critiqued. Revise. Submit. Be a Pub Subber.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you’ll share with others. Free to ask questions and tell me your ideas in the comment area. I’d love to hear from you!

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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8 Responses

  1. What a perfect post to read this morning! I’m teaching five fifth grade classes about revision today and woke early, worrying. “I certainly know about revision and I will have fun today!!” Thanks, Joan!

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    • Dear Sheri,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad my post picked you right up and set you up to have fun with revision today. Yes, you definitely know revision. Revision has endless possibilities and wonderful surprises! Sometimes in re-reading a passage you’ll say to yourself, “Wow! That was good. How can I make the rest of it like that!”

      Good luck with teaching your class today and every day that you teach. You are a good teacher.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up


  2. Joan,
    I think many writers start out as storytellers before they can write. Is that what happened with you?

    I believe in my writing. Thanks for believing in me and for encouraging others to believe in themselves.

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  3. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing. I think you are right, that many writers begin as storytellers. Yes, I definitely was a storyteller before I even knew that stories could be written down. When I was a child, we had Grimm’s Fairy Tale book with a black and white picture at the beginning of each story.

    Picture books with lovely colors weren’t available. What a blessing and a powerhouse of fun stories children have available to them today! In libraries and hopefully in their homes.

    It wasn’t until I was expecting my first daughter in 1967 that I thought, “I want to get Flip Flap Floodle published.

    Celebrate you and your gift of being a great storyteller and writer,
    Never Give Up

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  4. Thank you Joan for this first week of Say Good Things February.You’re a wonder.xxoo Mimi

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  5. Dear Mimi,
    Thank you very much for writing. I’m glad you read the first week of “Say Good Things February.” I’ve never ventured to do a post every day of a month before, but thought our world could use a lot of good words flowing from one person to another. Thanks for sending your good words my way.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up


  6. It’s people like you that have helped me to believe in my writing. Thank you ❤

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    • Dear Kathleen,
      If I have had the slightest influence that has helped you believe in you and your writing, I am very thankful and excited. You’re very welcome!

      Never Give Up

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