Follow the Yellow Brick Road, and Make a Left: The Journey through Publication

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  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey August 13, 2013 at 9:03 am .

    Good morning, Julie. I think you were very brave to count your rejections. When I first started writing, I kept the paper rejections in their respective story’s file. After a while, I started shredding them instead. All the folders were getting too fat to fit in the file drawer.

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm .

      I bet shredding them was the best feeling ever. I started just as email became the way to communicate an agent’s dislike of my work, so any paper ones I got I trashed right away, but I still have the emails, and read them when I am feeling particularly sadistic or like my life is going too well. Thanks Pat for the chance to blog with you all.

  2. W. J. Howard
    W. J. Howard August 13, 2013 at 10:06 am .

    I slipped and fell in a pile of rainbow-colored doodoo left in the middle of the yellow brick road by a horse of a different color when my first publisher went out of business. I had to go back the the munchkin village (rewrite my book back to its original format), and am still picking the smelly stuff out of my shoes. Starting over is not fun!

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm .

      Awful. I am so sorry. But what’s great is, you are starting over. Too many writers would’ve quit since they don’t love the smell of desperation and horse poo us tough writers thrive on. Not that I matter, but I think you’re awesome.

      1. W. J. Howard
        W. J. Howard August 14, 2013 at 7:53 am .

        Thanks for the words of encouragement. It’s amazing what can come of starting over, despite all the whining that comes along with it, hee hee.

  3. Kenneth Harmon
    Kenneth Harmon August 13, 2013 at 10:44 am .

    You are such an inspiration Julie. I love your attitude about publishing. It is so easy to take it all too seriously and beat ourselves up whenever we face obstacles.

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm .

      An inspiration huh? Think I can get a cult following?

      You’re always so supportive. I appreciate it greatly.

      1. Patricia Stoltey
        Patricia Stoltey August 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm .

        Looks like the cult is a go, Julie. Count me in.

  4. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek August 13, 2013 at 10:48 am .

    Oh Julie, I love posts like this that remind me I’m in the company of such fine people and writers, and that I’m not walking this road alone. What an uplifting post this was. I just want to shout, “Amen Sister!”

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm .

      Thanks Julie. It’s so easy to feel alone as a writer unless you have pets, then you feel alone and used for your ability to open the treat box.

  5. Lisa Brown Roberts
    Lisa Brown Roberts August 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm .

    Great post, Julie! I love your perspective. I often battle with imaginary demons telling me I haven’t accomplished enough by a certain age. But I’m working very hard on focusing on living in the present and celebrating the journey. Writers are the best people in the world…thanks for sharing so honestly.

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm .

      Hi Lisa, 90 is a good age to start beating yourself up at. You’re frail by then and it can’t hurt as much. Thanks for visiting and for the nice words.

  6. Dean K Miller
    Dean K Miller August 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm .

    Yeah…I’ll follow you, if for nothing than picking up scraps of knowledge/and-or/food along the way. Heck, the view can’t be that bad, right?!

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm .

      Being this short, it’s hard to see the view, but glad to have you join my cult, Dean. I’ll make you VP.

  7. Merit Clark
    Merit Clark August 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm .

    Well, I did write 1,000 words today which I now know puts me ahead of 80% of the people who wanted to but didn’t! Seriously, fun article and I’ll follow you too. Laughing is better than crying, which is what I do most of the time.

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm .

      You’re already winning the writerly wars. I wrote no words and still cried. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer August 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm .

    Whoo hoo! The cult is on!

  9. rebeccaburgess
    rebeccaburgess August 14, 2013 at 5:26 am .

    I always love your blog posts Julie–and especially this one! Congrats on all your many successes.

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