I’m not nowhere.
I am somewhere.
And I’m on my way to someplace better.
I’ve loved reading since I was in the second grade and wanted to be a writer when I grew up. But then, I learned about grammar. And my little-girl dream of being a writer died. The problem was grammar. I struggled—and still do—with stuff as basic as nouns and verbs and commas. Don’t even mention diagramming a sentence—I could never understand it. I gave up on being a writer and became a mental health counselor.
Five years ago, I recognized something was missing in my life—writing—and decided to do something about it. I’ve changed my entire life in order to create the time for my craft. I’ve attended classes, workshops, and conferences. I’ve read books, books, and more books on grammar. I’ve joined writer organizations.
And I’ve evolved as a writer.
Last year—four years after I got serious—I recognized that I had written something good enough to be published. But I did not query agents or editors. Here’s why: I SUCK a big-giant pair-of-low-hanging-elephant-
balls at writing queries and synopses. I went an alternative route. I entered contests. That way—if I was a finalist—an agent/editor would read my manuscript first, not my sucky query. I was a finalist in fourteen contests. I got four requests—two from agents and two from editors.
I sent off the requested material and guess what? I got an agent! I am now represented by my judge from The Four Seasons Contest: Michelle Grajkowski from 3 Seas Literary! I couldn’t be more excited!
So where do I go from here?
They say if you’re going to dream, dream big.
I’m dreaming HUGE!
And so should you!
*Abbie Roads was a 2014 Golden Heart Finalist with her romantic suspense novel Dangerous Dreams. Her writing is darkly emotional, but she always gives her damaged characters a happy ending.