I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to Carol Moncado today! Carol’s such an outgoing, warm, and generous person. She brings cookies to writer’s conferences to share with everyone, makes you feel at home in her presence, and hugs you when it’s time to part. I asked her to visit today and share with you a little about her publishing journey.
Stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY! More details on that at the end of the post. -Becky
My writing journey started in October 2009…
Well, not really, because nothing really starts in the middle of your life. If you look back, there’s always something that leads to the new start. For me, that ‘something’ began, in part, with my mother’s death in the mid-80’s. I know that seems an odd way to start a writing journey, but over the course of the next few years, my best friend’s mom adopted me as her “other daughter.”
Fast forward to 2009 when Jan, now my long time “other mother,” mentioned she was doing National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo challenges authors to write a full manuscript (50,000 words – roughly the equivalent of a Love Inspired book) during the month of November. Jan was looking for friends to join her. So I did.
I’d done NaNoWriMo several times before, but just for fun. However, when I took on NaNoWriMo in 2009 I was determined to write something I could use to pursue publication.
Ah. How little I knew. 😉
Isn’t that the way it always is? We start a journey believing we know the route we’re going to take, the steps along the way, only to run into huge DETOUR signs along the way. For an author, the steps to publication generally include writing a book, submitting it to agents and/or editors, getting signed by an agent, then receiving a three-book deal with a major publisher, all while writing more manuscripts.
But boy, howdy! Have I had a few detour signs!
That manuscript from 2009 is still hiding on my hard drive. I’ve written twelve more complete manuscripts since that one and who knows how many partial ones. I submitted to editors and agents for years and eventually partnered with Tamela Hancock Murray, agent extraordinare! But the three-book deal?
I came to a point where I knew that if I wanted to continue forward on my journey, I’d need to take a detour that hadn’t been in my original plan. But sometimes, those detours lead you to beauty you never would have found if you’d stayed on the route you intended. Remember Radiator Springs? Lightning McQueen never would have found that beautiful little town if he’d stayed on the Interstate. (What? You don’t remember the animated movie Cars?! Go find it.)
For the last year, I’ve felt God leading me away from the traditional path and onto a detour that included a foray into indie publishing. It’s scary and intimidating. There’s lots of risk, but potentially, lots of reward.
I’m officially just over two months into my indie publishing journey, two months since Finding Mr. Write released. The preparations started before that – getting my publisher name set up, investing in pictures for covers, ISBNs, learning to format ebooks and paperbacks, and everything else that has to be done when you go it alone.
Except I’m not doing it alone. Even if I’m my own publisher for now, I have friends who have been with me, helping me every step of the way. Friends like my lovely hostess, Becky Wade, and so many others.
I’ve released four books in the last two months and have two more coming in very short order!
As it turns out, I’m loving every step of this detour God’s taking me on.
When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or watching Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Peppers should come in an IV. When not watching her kids — and dog — race around her big back yard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. You can find out more about Carol and her books at carolmoncado.com.
Becky here! Carol has agreed to give away a Kindle copy of one of her books to an Inspired by Life…and Fiction reader. To enter, simply comment below and I’ll select one winner at random on Monday. The winner can choose which of Carol’s books they’d like to receive.
My question to you…. What life ‘detour’ have you encountered that ended up bringing you beauty you hadn’t expected?