The road to publication, part 8 – Wrap up of the year 2014

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by Rita H. Azar on December 22, 2014


Well, well, this year has flown by and this is my second last post for 2014.

My words for this year were self-confidence. I wrote in January 2014: I want to push myself and believe I have the capacity to achieve my dreams.

When I wrote these words, I had one thing in mind: working towards my goal of being a published author. I wanted to believe in the power of my words.

I started the series The Road to Publication so I could keep track of the steps I took to achieve this goal.

I fixed myself some objectives just to realise that there was a long way to go to learn the craft of writing. In fact, I was starting from scratch. The overachiever in me wanted everything straight away but I realised that I had to be patient.

I really like this quote from Kate Forsyth

I really like this quote from Kate Forsyth

It hit me one day: It took me over 6 years to be able to practice as a lawyer in Canada so I could not expect to be published in less than a year.

So, I grabbed my courage and decided that the first step was to give my words and my stories a fair go. I participated in three poetry competitions, several writing competitions, found a critique partner, found an amazing and supportive writing group, contributed to other blogs and edited and sent my three first chapters to a publisher.

I didn’t win any of the competitions (although I did have some amazing feedback) and I did not hear from the publisher but I have the wonderful feeling that I have passed the first and most important step toward achieving my goal which was letting my words out and having confidence in the fact that I could do it, that my words were worth it.

This year, I have learned so many things about the craft of writing such as how to plot a novel, write the dark moment, give depth to the characters. There are still so many things to learn but I’m well and truly on the way and I’m not giving up.

I have also learned so much about publishing a book and the different possibilities involved: self-publishing, traditional publishing, eBooks publishers.

I have not finished the edits involved in the first book of my series but I am into it and I feel that I’m getting a much better understanding on how I should go.

I have also written an important part of the second book of the series and had overcome so many plot issues I had with this second part of the story.

I am a writer and I am finally feeling that I’m doing exactly what I should do, what I love most.

I have to admit that on a personal plan, 2014 started for hubby and me with many difficulties and heartaches.

But this year ends in a grand manner. I am finally an Australian citizen, we are moving to our dream home next month and the best news of all, I’m pregnant!

I am looking forward to 2015 and a year of surprises!

Have you realised some of the goals you fixed yourself for this year? 

Au revoir! 


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Mike December 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Rita! May 2015 be absolutely spectacular with joy, happiness and success especially with your little one on the way :)
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Rita H. Azar March 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Mike! Not long to go now!
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Francesca December 29, 2014 at 5:38 am

Congratulations Rita. You have achieved so much this year! Take heart, although I self-published, I still send the manuscript off to publishers sometimes but have had no success yet? I really believe in my book, though, and so do many other people, so I’m hoping the words gets out about it and it takes off in future. These things take time.

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Rita H. Azar March 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

So true Francesca. They do take a lot of time. But, I admire your work and I’m sure one day your book will get the recognition it deserves.
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My Inner Chick January 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

may all your dreams come true in 2015!! xxxx
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Rita H. Azar March 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Thank you beautiful Kim!
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lizzy allan - muddle-headed mamma January 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Wow, Rita, 2014 was a really huge year for you! I’m so proud of you for doing so much creative writing and for having the courage to ‘get your words out there’ – that’s really inspirational for me because I am the laziest person ever and I always think of excuses as to why I shouldn’t write! I hope everything is going well for you so far in your new house. Moving is such a stressful thing, especially when you’re pregnant! Sending you loads of love xxxxx
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Rita H. Azar March 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Thank you lovely Lizzy!
All is well with the new house. We love it and we are well settled now.
I do find a lot of excuses myself for not writing but i always try to force myself to do it because I know I always get a huge feeling of satisfaction after.
Tell me, how is your book going? Have you been writing your story? I think you have a very interesting story to tell.
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