The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani ***Guest Post -- Giveaway***
The Storyteller's Secret
by Sejal Badani
Publisher: Lake Union
Release date: September 2018
Tour dates: June 3 to July 12, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13
(There are some non-explicit sex scenes)
A Writer's Journey with Advice for New Writers
by Sejal Badani
There’s a common saying amongst writers: Ask a thousand writers about their journey and you’ll get a thousand different stories.
I always wanted to be a writer. My first memory of my decision was reading a Judy Blume book at six years old then telling my sister I wanted to write. It took me over thirty years to achieve my dream. After the birth of my first child, I wrote a screenplay about two runners based off of my husband’s collegiate years. Without knowing the rules or rhymes I snail mailed it to over a hundred producers, contests, and studios. In between all the return letters telling me I was an idiot for sending the script without querying first there were some positive responses. From that encouragement, I made a foolproof plan for success. I scheduled my writing hours in between my son’s sleep time and work. I committed myself to publishing my first book or selling my first movie before he turned one. Unfortunately, my firstborn didn’t agree with my commitment. My second-born sided with him. The plan promptly fell apart.
In between raising my children I wrote what I could - screenplays, short stories, monologues for plays and novels. I bought every book I could find that gave advice on how to make it as a writer. I copyrighted every piece of writing (no matter how terrible and there was plenty) with the Library of Congress and the Writer’s Guild.
For every step forward there were two back. However, I refused to give up because a trip to any bookstore proved that it could be done. Soon I was an ABC/Disney Fellowship Finalist. Awards and commendations started coming in. With them in hand I put together a query letter for agents along with the first chapter of my novel. Over a hundred agents asked for my book. Two offered to sign me. My scream of joy could be heard down the block. Finally. And it only took thirty years after my declaration. J
My advice to writers would be to 1) Never give up 2) Never give up your day job. You don’t know how long the journey will take but if desperation is what drives you then you may lose sight of your passion. My road to success was a long and arduous one but I know many others who found success after their first few tries. It is impossible to predict but the most important thing is to never give up. And write. Write in every genre and medium you are comfortable with. Give yourself the opportunity to succeed. If being a writer is what you want then you can make it happen. Best of luck. J