One Step Closer

Haywood Smith and Me
To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed, and to surround yourself with the things and the people that make you happy – this is success! 
~ Sasha Azevedo

In these days in which digital publishing is king, the odds of being traditionally published are smaller than ever. But that is my dream. 

And when a dream is involved, well, it is important to have a support group. That’s one reason I am a member of Georgia Romance Writers. And recently I had the opportunity to participate in the Virginia Ellis Critique Workshop sponsored by GRW.

Except I was at the Silken Sands Writers Conference the day of the workshop and was unable to attend the official workshop. To my delight, I was paired with New York Times Bestselling author Haywood Smith, who also had to miss that day. When she emailed me to let me know she had read my submission, Haywood said it had “real potential” and she looked forward to discussing some “advanced writing concepts” with me. And our subsequent meeting exceeded expectations. Not only did Haywood give me a line-by-line critique of the first several pages of my manuscript, she gave me some general advice that will help improve my fiction writing in general. Most important, she encouraged me to continue pursuing my dream, affirming that I do, in fact, possess the ability to write a successful, traditionally published novel. 

I am holding onto that.

What is your dream? Whatever it is, find a support group. Consult the experts. Do the work. And don’t stop until your dream becomes reality.

Now, back to my revisions.