Thursday, February 23, 2012
Reflections of a YA Writer - Julie Rieman Duck
The last few months as a blogger on YA Stands have brought me closer to today's up-and-coming YA stars. I feel truly blessed for the experience and find myself in awe of each writer's story.
As I've detailed the journeys that have brought about publication for these authors, I've thought a lot about my own journey. The last three years have found me creating four young adult stories - A Place In This Life, SWELL, little rooms and The Joy & Torture of Joshua James. The process of submitting contemporary YA has not been easy, and with the encouragement of my last agent, I self-published A Place In This Life, which is currently on blog tour through Stuck In YA Books.
The process from writing down my ideas on the back of a medical diagnostic sheet, to writing the book, getting an agent and eventually publishing the story has been whirlwind in retrospect, but it's really how the process goes. While some authors achieve seemingly instant success with top agents and publishers, most of us achieve it by more modest means. For me, that is okay. See, if I can touch one heart with my story, then that means my job as a writer is done.
I hope that you find the same kind of satisfaction on your own journey toward realizing your writerly dreams.
Visit me on my blog tour at Stuck in YA Books, and find A Place In This Life at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and BookieJar.