Looking Back: Amy Sorrells and Canary Song

It’s easy to lose track when you’re writing a book, or when you’re working toward publishing it. Self-publishing is a journey. Sometimes you feel like you’re getting lost on that journey. We often find, when that happens, it helps to look at good examples of people who, whether they got lost along the way or not, found their way to their destination.

In 2013 we asked Amy Sorrells to write a blog post for us about the traditional publishing experience.

“To be honest,” she said then, “the editing process (which is finally winding down) has been the most difficult work my brain has ever done. Not awful, just difficult.”

Isn’t it when things get difficult that we find it’s easiest to get lost?

I thought I had a pretty good start, and I did – sort of. Then I had my first conversation with my editor (a very young, brilliant and cosmopolitan New Yorker) and learned the truth: my manuscript stank (stunk? Stinks!). It would require a near complete rewrite.

Wouldn’t that make you want to get lost? Doesn’t that sound terrible?

It does.

But Amy didn’t stop. She finished her edits and turned in her book and, so far, traditional publisher David C. Cook has released two of her books, Then Sings my Soul and How Sweet the Sound.

Your goals may be completely different from Amy’s goals, and your experience may never be like hers. But you reach the end of your publishing journey without staying on course.

Don’t give up.

– WBP –

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