Writing a Book” is SO Much More Than Writing the Actual Book

As an author and composer, I feel like I’m running a small business. But I’m the only employee.

Sounds weird, right?

But I am the:

  • author/composer
  • editor
  • publisher
  • marketer/publicist
  • cover designer
  • interior formatter
  • social media strategist (and implementer)
  • website manager
  • accountant
  • and who knows what else I’m forgetting.

Sometimes I hire these things out, but most of the time it’s just me putting on many different hats. Some hats fit me well. Others . . . I need A LOT of help with.

For many authors today, this is the the case. Luckily for me, I love all of it!

If you’re interested in writing (which so many people tell me they are), I just wanted to make you aware that “writing a book” is SOOOOO much more than writing the actual book.

The actual “writing” part for me is maybe 10% of my time.

Even if you get a publisher and literary agent, a lot is still expected of you as the author. Which is fine and great and fun, I just didn’t realize all of this before I started writing. I wasn’t sure if you were aware either. :)

(If you ever have a question about any of the process, email me. I’ll try to help.)

Writing A Book


The Desire to Create

Six years ago next month, I had this idea for a novel that wouldn’t leave me alone. It was silly, because I’d never had the desire to write a single word in my life. My dad is an author–a famous one even. I was a composer, a crazy music lady. Not an author.

writing bug surrender

But, the writing bug struck, and I was hit hard.

I started writing clean romances in May of ’08, and I haven’t stopped since. It’s been a blast. I love it! But it hasn’t been without its struggles.

Or major doubts.

Continue reading “The Desire to Create”

Experiences from a New Author:

1) Writing a book is easy (comparatively). Editing/cutting a book is not.
2) Editing/cutting a book is easy (comparatively). Getting a book published is not.
3) Getting a book published is DEFINITELY worth the effort!
Lovin’ life in the University Village Deseret Book, Orem
This year I learned how to make a website, create a facebook fan page, blog, tweet, help make a book trailer, create covers for self-published music, edit HTMLs, create a goodreads page, a playlist, and sign books. I’ve learned how to self-promote (my least favorite thing) and relearned how to sign my full name since I’ve been cheating on checks and visa receipts for awhile now. In my defense, I went from Becky Lund growing up (9 letters) to Rebecca Belliston as an adult (16 letters–almost double). It’s been a stretch. Now I have a few hundred people who know exactly why I got a C+ in third grade for my handwriting. 
I also learned this year that having a book published has allowed me to connect with so many people I haven’t seen for years. High school friends, cousins, Michiganders that defected to Utah. It allowed me to work with my dad closely on something we both love. It has also allowed me to meet many new people who have been so kind and inspired me as an author. I think these have been the greatest benefits.

Book signing with my sister, Cynthia Dobson
and my dad, Gerald N Lund in the SLC Deseret Book

As 2011 winds down, I just had to drop a quick note to say thanks to everyone that has encouraged me along the way, to those at Deseret Book for making this possible, and to everyone else who has given me feedback on SADIE. It is very fulfilling to think that my story might have entertained you for a few hours. Hopefully there are many more stories to come.

One last thing…
If you happened to like SADIE, I would love it if you would take a few minutes to nominate it for a Whitney Award. The Whitneys are an academy set up to honor LDS novelists in all genres and across all markets. You can nominate more than one book/author in any given year, but there are only two more days to nominate a book for 2011. The website is here
Thanks again for helping to make 2011 a great year!!!

There is Something About Writing…

There is something about writing that is so fulfilling.
There is something about being able to change a story that is so empowering. It’s like sitting through a movie that you almost love and being able to fix the parts you hate. When you think to yourself, ‘Oh man, Why did they do that? They should have done this…” you can actually change it. Or reading a book, when you think to yourself, “Seriously? Did the author just do that to my favorite character?” there’s hope at your fingertips. (I’m not endorsing plagiarism in the least—fix your own stories.) But writing is so cool.
I love moving and flowing with characters and watching how they leave my grasp and go a new direction. I love changing a few words in a conversation and seeing how it completely changes the direction of the story. Words are so powerful, I sometimes forget. I also love escaping the mundane predictability of this life for a few moments to explore the possibility of “What if?”
There’s so much power in those two little words. What if I gave Sadie a choice of which guy she ends up with? Who would she choose?—which I did by the way. I went into the story with two possibilities and left it up to her; you’ll have to read the book to find out who she did (and no, I’m not crazy–characters have a mind of their own).  What if she and that particular guy aren’t perfect people? What if I killed someone off? That’s always a fun one. I heard once that if you’re stuck on a particular scene, kill someone. I’m proud to say that while I have struggled many times, I’ve never gone to that extreme. Yet.
But the power of “What if?”
I find myself saying “What if?” all the time now. In fact, that’s where most of my new ideas for novels come from. I’ll see something in the store, on the news, or wherever and think, “What if, what if, what if?” I love it. The possibilities are endless—and a little scary. But what if?
There is something truly fulfilling and satisfying in writing.