Sometimes Hallmark gets it right!       

An exploratory dig in my office unearthed this card that I received over a decade ago, before my first novel came out. I’m still dreaming. Still climbing! It’s funny. In the beginning, when I had exactly 0 novels written and publishing credits were limited to minor magazine articles, I dreamed of seeing a novel I had written on a shelf in a bookstore. It seemed like an impossible dream at the time. When it happened, it truly was a dream come true and I thought nothing could be better. Until it was time to write the second book. Anyone could get one book published – right? I mean one book could be a fluke. An accident. If only I could get a second book published. That would mean I was worthy of the title “author.”

You guessed it. My second historical novel finally made it to the bookstore shelves. Sigh… Now I’m nearing the end of #3 manuscript and I really, really, REALLY want the publishing gods to smile on me and think my words worthy.  There is no question that getting another book published helps increase ones confidence.  I truly believe my story is worthy, or at least will be if I work hard enough at the revisions, the tweakings, the polishing. But more importantly, I know that if this one doesn’t work, maybe the next one will. I’m in this for the long haul.  I know there are no guarantees. You work hard, you do your best and you keep climbing. There are always more dreams to achieve, more rungs of the ladder to climb.

Happy climbing!


Published by Lois Donovan

Author of historical time travels, THE JOURNAL and WINDS OF L'ACADIE, Lois is in demand as a speaker/presenter at literary conferences and young writers' conferences and teachers conventions. Lois grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, but has called Calgary home for many years. Currently, Lois enjoys life in Calgary with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

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