Please welcome to the blog – Meglena Ivanova. Author of ‘The Legend of The Moonstone.’ Please enjoy this guest post from Meglena as she shares with us her own personal story of writing her book and how quitting was never an option.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and let me tell you about my journey…
They say there’s a book in everyone, and there’s certainly no end to courses and guides that claim they can help us unleash our inner epic. But what if we ever actually did manage to sit down and write the GREAT NOVEL we’ve always dreamed of?
I love reading and always dreamed of writing my own books, but I spent many years thinking about it before I actually took the plunge. In 2011 I found myself transitioning from short stories and essays writing to the world of novels. Novels are so detailed and long… and detailed and… long. The whole thing was just so intimidating.
After a few months of trying to talk myself out of it, I had an interesting idea to write The Legend of The Moonstone. I was given a Moonstone by a friend who told me it was the stone of tenderness, an amulet of protection for travelers, a gift of lovers for passion, a channel for prophecy, and a path to wisdom.
As ancient as the Moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us.
In one sense, for me writing is the process of assembling the things I like best or the ones that intrigue me most. When I was writing The Legend of The Moonstone, I drew on numerous sources of inspiration. First there were the stones themselves. Beyond the stones, the novel was also informed by legends. Some of those influenced the book very directly while others simply reside on the bulletin board above my desk, my writing companions, as it were. I tried to use only those beliefs that seemed traditional and definitive or ones that I found confirmed in more than one source. It was a well-meaning but absurd approach, because the more you delve into the stones, the more lore you uncover, and the more contrasting and even conflicting beliefs you find.
So, I wrote and wrote and then rewrote and rewrote until finally I looked up and had my first completed novel. It was a magical moment. I did it and now the next step was to find a publisher. I thought to myself, that couldn’t be too hard. If I write it, they will come.
I sent out several query letters (36 to be exact) only to wait for months until I heard anything back from them. I was getting anxious and desperate as I checked my mailbox daily and constantly wondered if they even arrived to their offices.
Then, after 3 months of waiting, I finally got my first response. I couldn’t contain my excitement as I ripped the small white envelope open only to feel my heart plummet to my shoes as I read, “Unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents.”
The weeks that followed only got worse as I received one rejection letter after the next, until I could wallpaper my room with them. I wasn’t sure what to do next; it felt as if I had hit a wall.
There had to be a better way, I thought. But how? Nothing came to me at the time, so of course, I asked myself, what does a writer do? The answer came immediately: they write. So, I started blogging and learning how to use social media to promote my short stories and assays, and eventually my first fiction book.
After several months of doing this, one day while talking to a friend who was also an author and had gone down the self-publishing route I decided to give it a try and self-publish my own book.
While I was still a bit green in the novelist world, I began the process of self-publishing my book. I got my ISBN number, a reasonable printer, a top distributor and even built a small website to help promote my work. It was all there, and it didn’t look half bad either.
So, here I am, at 25. I’m halfway through writing my second YA fiction novel,The Bloodstone and what a journey it is turning out to be again. It began, as I suppose anything else does in life, a way to pass time, a goal to achieve…but what it’s become is so much more.
I’m excited for the coming months, when this second book becomes something tangible.
I’m excited for others to read and critique the focus of so many long nights.
I’m excited for whatever feedback any of you can give me.
But mostly, I’m excited for anyone who reads Alana’s blog or my blog – https://meglenaivanova.wordpress.com/, and I invite you to come on this journey with me…because really, what’s ANY adventure without friends.
I wholeheartedly agree that we must write, and then write, and then write some more to enable our readers to be not only entertained, but being bated for more! What I learned in my whole process is that you never know what the universe is preparing you for, quitting should never be an option and failures are your stepping stone for success.
As a writer, I discovered that I have the ability to reach unlimited amounts of people in matters of months, weeks, even days. The world is so different now than it was just 10 years ago. If you embrace change you will continue to succeed.
Keep your eye on your dreams and one day you will wake up living it…Perhaps someday you will become a famous writer, teacher, storyteller, or whatever your dream may be, but the important thing is that you love what you do and people have to know about your work…
The Legend of The Moonstone is $3.99 and can be found on Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Moonstone-Series-Adults/dp/1491802286!!!
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Thank you so much Alana, for giving me the opportunity to post my story on your blog!
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Thanks for your guest post Meglena!