“Happy” is my favourite word. “Believe” comes next. In Kourtney’s own words this is how it happens when you believe in what you do, and put in the work to give it legs.
I ran into Kourtney via her blog Kourtney Heintz’s Journal early in my foray into blogging, almost a year ago. From memory Wine Tasting in Connecticut? was where we really got acquainted, and we’ve been exchanging comments ever since. Kourtney’s Grandma H Moments posts are gold but it’s her Believing In The Unbelievables: My Life As An Aspiring Author journey that has engaged and inspired me. Kourtney took her professional business sense & skills, resourcefulness & dedication, and applied them to the process of Indie publishing her novel
The Six Train to Wisconsin. I’m so pleased to have been along for this ride. ♥EllaDee
100 thank yous to the lovely EllaDee for letting me take over her blog for the day! I’m an avid follower of her blog so it’s an honor to be here.
It’s funny how much my previous career in auditing trained me for this new one as an author. In auditing, you are always the most hated person in any room. Getting people to talk to you and answer your questions is a constant game of rejection. I learned to take “No” as an opening bid in an auction for information.
As a writer, when several agents rejected my query with a form letter, it hurt. I doubted myself. I questioned why I was doing this. Eventually, I accepted it as an indicator that the query needed work. When agents requested a partial and rejected it, I cried. Yes, cried. Rejection of something you put your heart and soul into hurts. It is a book to them; it’s so much more to the creator. But my logical side reared her head and said there were issues in the beginning.
When I got rejections on the full with personalized comments, it was bittersweet. I’d advanced another level, but I wasn’t there yet. It took me weeks to accept that this was a “No for now” and use their feedback to revise. By the time I was done, I’d rekindled the excitement. This new version would get a yes. It had to. I thought that every time I started submitting.
The closest I ever came to giving up? The day I got the rejection on the revise and resubmit. Something in me gave out. Hope fled. It all seemed so terrifically pointless. All those years working on my craft. All the nights out with friends that I passed on to stay home and write. All the hobbies I neglected. Suddenly the cost outweighed the benefit. I couldn’t see any reason to keep writing.
I had one more manuscript to polish and send out to editors from a conference. I had no hope. But I don’t miss deadlines. Ever. At first, I didn’t care. Maybe couldn’t is a better explanation. Writing had wounded me and I wasn’t going to get invested again.
Until I did. I liked this story. I wanted to see it succeed. Maybe I’d let that last agent’s opinion matter too much. Maybe her “No” was just another step. Maybe I had to carve my own path to publication.
I researched indie publishing and took control of my book’s destiny. I hired a team of independent contractors to help me create a top-notch book. I went through revisions with an editor. Weighed in on the cover design with a brilliant graphic artist. Worked with formatters to makes sure the paperback was personalized and gave the reader a slice of my story world and me.
Now my book is out there. And some readers love it and some hate it. The rejection never stops. I’ve come to realize it’s just a part of life.
Rejection always stings. But the only way to achieve anything is to power through the pain and persevere. Sometimes in audits, I would be bounced around to 20 people to answer one question. Frustrating? You bet. But I learned that if you keep at something eventually you get what you need.
The Six Train to Wisconsin Back Cover:
Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything.
There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.
When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.
To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned—Butternut, Wisconsin—where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?
An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness and acceptance.
Kourtney Heintz writes emotionally evocative speculative fiction that captures the deepest truths of being human. For her characters, love is a journey never a destination.
She resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.
Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, was a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.
Connecting with the Author Online
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter
Amazon Author Central Page: http://amazon.com/author/kourtneyheintz
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