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The world of publishing, especially in the enormously crowded genre of romance, is fraught with pitfalls, frustrations, incredible highs and desperate lows.

I began writing in 2004, and spent several years preparing myself and practicing my craft. I joined RWA (to which I still belong, gratefully), joined an online chapter of RWA, took online classes and joined a writing group. For several years I worked diligently in the wee hours of the morning, working out character sketches, storyboards, and draft after draft of stories. I loved the immersion in the story, the fun of working through the plot lines. I fell in love with my heroes and cheered for my heroines.

I entered contests and dared to submit to some publishers and agents and didn’t fare very well. I won an agent read of one manusript from a contest, and was pleased with the results and what I learned.

But the more I submitted and took so many contradictory criticisms, I began to lose my way. I became mired in method, stuck in structure, and tired of technique. I began to lose my love of writing.

And so, I put down my pen (or keyboard, if you will) and took a hiatus from writing.

Recently, I began to see a renewed (and acceptable) set of options for self-publishing, and that more and more authors were taking the independent route and I decided to embark on that journey for myself. And suddenly, the love of the craft has re-emerged. I look forward to writing. I’m not analyzing every word or sentence or chapter to death.

Perhaps in the future, I’ll pursue a more traditional course of publication. But for now, I am sharing my stories in the Kindle market. My first book, You Belong to Me, was published on October 17th, and I couldn’t be more thrilled – and scared!

Stay tuned for updates!

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Marlie Bridges
You Belong To Me by Marlie Bridges Available on Amazon

2 Comments so far:

  1. Congratulations on your new release! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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