Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Don't Stop Believin'

 I'm gonna let y'all in on a little secret. For the past year I've had an idea for a book. It's not a traditional book per se because it's not a novel, it's not a memoir, it's not nonfiction, and it's not a self-help book. Actually it's kind of a hybrid. Y'all know how my weird and wacky mind works!

 I wrote 365 daily "tidbits", one for each day of the year. Some are a mere sentence in length, while others are a paragraph. Most are adult humor, some are inspirational messages with a redneck twist, and there's even a sprinkling of helpful household hints. When I pitched the idea to my fabulous pink ladies book club, they thought it was awesome, as did the short list of other friends who I let in on my little secret. Now I didn't just fall off the turnip truck yesterday, so I realize my friends love me and are being supportive no matter how much my idea sucks. Seriously, what the hell do I know about writing a book?

So, I set about doin' some research 'cause I thought that's what any reasonably prudent person would do. And lemme tell ya, nobody likes rejection no matter what form it takes. I had some folks tell me I need to take serious writing classes before I can even start writing a book. A New York Times Best Selling Author crushed my soul by sayin' my blog just wasn't funny. Some big wig consultant insinuated that my platform was not near big enough yet to market a book, and even a couple of self publishers didn't think my book idea quite fit the normal mold they were used to so they just blew me off. I will admit I was about ready to throw in the towel. But, somethin' inside me just kept sayin', "ya gotta do this girl, 'cause it's SO you, and it's gonna put a smile on people's faces who are in need of a pick me up". I knew it wasn't for everybody, but for the discriminating readers who like to keep it real, they are gonna get a kick outta some of this crazy shit that comes to my mind.

Well, you know me folks. I ain't shy and I just keep on pluggin' along. And I'll be damned if someone not only believes in my manuscript, but actually said, "I relate to your sense of humor, I find you completely unique, your style and manuscript is new and different for the market, and I want to publish your book". WHOOP WHOOP! Then he said, "this is the tidbit that really got me because I actually thought this myself about this same song":


       Ok, you know you have done this. You sing the words loud and proud to a song only to have someone tell you they are not really the words. For over a decade I had been singing “Don’t Fear the Reefer” and told Uncle Jeffy that song was the biggest pot head song EVAH. After he finished laughing his ass off, he told me not only did the song have absolutely nothing to do with marijuana but the lyrics were actually, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”. Oh yea, that’s what I meant all along!


So folks if all goes according to plan, Deb's Daily Drivel  will be available at a bookstore near you in late fall as a coffee table book. Of course it will be in ebook form as well. Hopefully just in time for Christmas. So, the moral of my story today is Don't Stop Believin'. When ya get shot down, the person who pulled the trigger might not be the right person for you. Keep believin' in yourself, and who knows, you might even be able to call the shots!


 


 
 
 
 

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!! How exciting!! Good for you, persevering after those rejections. (Ouch.) can't wait to see it!

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    1. Thank you. As ya get older ya also grow thicker skin so ya learn to roll with those punches.

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  2. OH MY GOSH! That is so frickin cool and I want an autographed copy for sure. So proud of you for pluggin along chica!!

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  3. You got it girl. Let's celebrate with a margarita next time we get together!

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  4. Congrats, that is awesome news indeed. Now the whole world can know about your laundry nazi, zit fetish, disco dancing redneck ways lmao

    There are so many out there who can't think outside the box and shoot you down, but pfft to them and just keep on a trucking.

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    1. Hahaha I actually deleted my tidbit about zits because I thought it was too gross. Perhaps I should rethink that one? Now if only I could crank out books like you I would be in business!

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  5. WooHoo! Congrats to you and I am so glad you began blogging again. I look forward to getting the book.

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  6. Congratulations and I can't wait to have a copy on my coffeetable!!

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  7. That's great and I actually thought the same thing about the song. My brother was quick to laugh and tell me the right version.

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    1. And here I thought I was the only one who feared the reefer.

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  8. That's great and I actually thought the same thing about the song. My brother was quick to laugh and tell me the right version.

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  9. Congratulations. Proves we should never give up

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    1. Still gotta be realistic in our expectations, but yea can't let what some people say drag ya down.

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  10. CONGRATS!!!! I'm so excited for you! I've always appreciated your wacky sense if humor because it's totally relatable to my own life. Who is publishing the book and when will it be released? I want a signed copy!

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    1. Thank you my dear. I do think our crazy lives parallel each other's. Not many folks can say that for sure. Green Ivy Publishers took a chance on little ol' me and I'm hoping it will be released before Christmas. But as you know, delays are inevitable.

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    2. Fingers crossed that it comes out in time for the holidays---you will make a killing on sales!

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  11. Congrats, I wish your book the best of luck

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  12. I can already imagine you cruising the South on a book tour.... with hunky groupies of course :)

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    1. Well then you need to come to this side of the pond and join the groupies!

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  13. Congrabulations!!!!

    Couldn't happen to a better or funnier person!

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    1. Why thank you! I should have asked for your advice sooner.

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  14. As a self-published author I was going to recommend doing it yourself and/or hiring designers etc so you can retain full control and make more of the money but then you mentioned that someone wanted to publish it. Congrats, just make sure it's a reputable company and they don't rip you off as many publishers do and will. But remember, once you sign a contract, you no longer own it or have control over it.

    And yes, I went through rejections myself which is why I thought, "why am I waiting for someone to tell me my book is wonderful?" so I went ahead and did it myself and am now on my 9th book and am having a vague idea to write kids stories next.

    As for the arseholes who rejected you, yeah, they think it's okay to insult you and as for the "best selling author" telling you your blog wasn't funny, how would they know unless they'd read it? Mmmm? something to think about.

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    1. I certainly appreciate all the great advice. I'm going with a hybrid publisher (combo of traditional and self publisher) Kinda ironic huh since my book is a hybrid? Wow, I can't imagine writing 9 books. This coffee table book caused enough grey hairs.

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  15. This is great! I'm so happy for you. And I'm super thrilled that you didn't quit. You have to keep on keeping on when you have a passion. Remember that twelve publishing houses rejected J. K. Rowling's first Harry Potter manuscript. Twelve! Don't they feel like asses now? LOL...

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    1. Thank you my dear. I've never really been a quitter so I'm thrilled someone actually stepped up to the plate. Hahaha

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  16. I'm super duper happy for you. This is exciting stuff. Much congrats!

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