Love What You’re Doing: the Writing Journey

 Christy Award Winning author Ronie Kendig grew up an Army Brat, learning to roll with the punches, including countless moves
and educational disruptions that forced her to make friends fast. At 19
she married the hunk of her dreams, an Army veteran. Together, she and
her husband have four children. 
She has a BS in Psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors
new writers. Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her
novels Dead Reckoning, a spy thriller, and the military thriller
series, The Discarded Heroes, which includes Nightshade (Retailer’s
Choice Award Finalist, IRCA finalist), Digitalis (INSPY Award finalist, Wolfsbane (Christy Award Winner and Carol Award Finalist), and Firethorn (4.5 star review from Romantic Times and releases January 2012), and her new series A Breed Apart. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@roniekendig)!
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Lately, I’ve been hearing a challenge from various sources–ya know, one of those times where everyone you turn, someone is basically saying the same thing? So, I’ve been trying to take the hint to heart to relax, enjoy the writing life, and give myself some room and time to breathe. I realized I’d sort of lost myself in the journey to and through publication, so my mission this fall is to reclaim myself (sounds mildly psychotic, but let’s go with it, okay?).

Earlier this week on Facebook, Tyndale editor Karen Watson promoted a blog post by my fellow 7 Hours co-author TRAVIS THRASHER (and seriously–if you haven’t read his books, START NOW!). He’s been wildly successful with his YA series, SOLITARY TALES.I confess I’d been working on a “Learning to Be” post, but when I read this, I begged Travis to let me share it with you here on NovelRocket! 

I hope it will both inspire and challenge you to keep going, to do what you do best–WRITE!

10 Things I’ve Learned About Publishing In The Last Five Years 

By Travis Thrasher

I
recently celebrated my five-year-anniversary of writing full-time.
Here’s a talk I gave last night at our local library about ten things
that I’ve learned about publishing in those five years. 

1.
Life is not fair and neither is publishing. Some doors open and some stay shut.
Keep knocking.
2.
Think long term. Nobody else is going to think long term if you don’t. What
kind of writer would you like to be? Keep that image in mind even if you
don’t tell anybody else.
3.
Being published, being paid to write, and especially being read is a privilege.
It’s too easy to feel entitled. Don’t act like you deserve to be published.
4.
Publishing can either make you cynical and bitter or optimistic and hopeful. I
used to be bitter. Now I choose hope.
5.
Even if you work twice as hard and twice as fast, publishing still takes A
VERY, VERY LONG TIME. Be patient.
6.
Writing is like running a marathon. You have to train. And you train by running a lot.
But when you’re finally in that race, you might surprise yourself by what you
can do. Write and keep writing to build up stamina for whatever’s next.
7.
If you’re going to write full-time, make SURE you have about ten fallback
plans. Plus about a million dollars in the bank. Think long and hard about
writing full-time.
 
8.
Even if you think you’re well-connected, get out there and build relationships.
Not Facebook friends but face-to-face. In 2009, going to a convention landed me a
couple of jobs. Personal connections matter. Network in every way
possible. 
9.
So many things in publishing are out of your control. Do everything you can
that’s in your control. For me, that’s thinking of new storylines, talking to
possible collaborators, working on future books, marketing. Be urgent when
nobody else is.
10.
Occasionally remind yourself why you are interested in writing. Re-read that
book you love. Re-watch that movie that moves you. The joy comes in
creating, not signing a contract or holding your book. Don’t ever forget to
love what you’re doing. 

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Ronie’s newest release is Trinity: Military War Dog! Order now!!
And former Green Beret. His war dog. Their
most dangerous mission yet!  
A year ago in Afghanistan, Green Beret Heath
Daniel’s career was destroyed.
Along with his faith.
Now he and his military war dog, Trinity train other
dogs and their handlers through the A Breed Apart organization. The job works.
But his passion is to be back in the field. The medical discharge says it can’t
happen due to the traumatic brain injury that forced Heath to the sidelines.
Until …
Military intelligence officer Darci Kintz is
captured and the geological survey team she’s covertly embedded with is
slaughtered while secretly tracking the Taliban.  It’s clear only one dog can handle the
extreme conditions to save her. Trinity. Only one man can handle Trinity.
And time is running out on the greatest—and most
dangerous—mission of their lives.