A Journey of a Thousand Miles Sometimes Takes a Decade

Twenty-six years ago this month, I completed my first full-length manuscript (for a fantasy novel which will absolutely NEVER see the light of day). Fifteen years ago, in August, I attended my first writers’ conference. My then-current manuscript, a historical novel based on a wife of Genghis Khan, placed in the finals, and I believed my lifelong dream of becoming a published writer was on the horizon. Fourteen years ago this month, I realized that novel would not sell. Ten years ago this month, I made a commitment to treat my writing as more than just a hobby. I decided to write a book

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