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D.L. Richardson’s Journey to Publication – Plus Giveaway for LITTLE RED GEM

Posted by on October 18, 2013

Today, I’m thrilled to have author D.L. Richardson on the blog with a guest post on her journey to publication – along with a giveaway for her latest book, LITTLE RED GEM! Here’s a little bit about the gem, er, book ;)

Little Red Gem 

Love can make you do crazy things as Ruby Parker discovers when she dies and returns from the grave to unearth how much Leo Culver loved her. With the aid of bad advice from a ghost who is trapped by a curse, a little bit of magic courtesy of her unsuspecting half-sister, and a televised music talent show coming to town to hold auditions, Ruby Parker makes more of a mess in death than she ever did in life. Can she fix everything before it’s too late? Or will she spend eternity as a ghost, haunted by the unknown depths of love? Either way, one thing Ruby learns is that while love can make you do crazy things, it can make you do amazing things too. But at what cost?

The Journey

I’ve often been asked if I’m a plotter or a panster – a plotter outlines their book and a panster sits down and waits to see where they end up. There are pros and cons for both styles of writing. I’m a plotter when I type and a panster when I walk. Plotting helps me get the first draft written, and walking lets the ideas fly freely.

People who travel fall into these two categories as well. There are those who turn up to a place and just go with the flow. And there are those who carry every travel guide imaginable with them.

Whether you use both styles for writing and travelling, the journey to publication is something I believe needs to have some sort of formal plan. Otherwise, how can you measure success if you don’t have something to measure against?

Here is how the journey to publication began for me. I was 26 and realized that I wanted to be a writer. Great. Except that I was singer in a band and I’d never undertaken a degree in journalism nor was I a school teacher which seemed the two most common professions popular authors at that time held prior to becoming published.

Regardless, I pressed on and started writing, short stories at first, then countless first chapters afterwards. The problem was that I had no idea about the publishing industry and no access to the information. Public libraries had outdated books on writing and it was a few years until every house had internet access.

So I fumbled around in the dark writing short stories that never got read. I attempted novels. I wrote all my ideas down in notebooks. Finally, I joined the local writers centre and attended a course on pitching a novel. At this seminar I learned a lot, yet I learned one of the most valuable writing lessons ever!!!

Nobody asked me to do this.

This little gem of knowledge was given by the teacher to a little old lady who was almost in tears at how nobody wanted to publish her poems. It seemed blunt and almost cruel at the time to hear the teacher say this to the little old lady but it was the truth. Nobody had asked her to spend years writing poetry so she shouldn’t be upset that nobody wanted to publish it.

From that moment on I got serious about writing and saw it as a business. I took courses. I attended conferences. I became a sponge. I wrote personal goals. I wrote marketing plans. And I got published! All because that little gem of knowledge kicked my butt into action.

I’m still on my writer’s journey. The market is ever evolving so I may never finish this journey unless I give up writing. Yet, while I saunter along the sun-filled streets gazing at the sights, marveling at how well I have planned my trip, and as I pass a traveler who is lost and stumbles down an unknown street and re-emerges with something akin to the Holy Grail, I’m reminded that sometimes it is not talent or dedication that gets a writer published, but luck.

My advice to anyone who wants to succeed in getting their work published is to write what you know and love, yet at the same time treat your writing career like a business, because the publishers will.

About the Author

D.L. Richardson


Music first captured the creative interest of young adult author D L Richardson. From choir, to her first acoustic guitar at age ten, to singing with the school band and performed in main roles in two school musicals. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she sold her equipment and focused on writing instead.

She lives in Australia on the NSW South Coast with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found playing her piano or guitars, renovating the house, or walking the dog.

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The Giveaway

Thanks to D.L. Richardson, I have one e-copy of LITTLE RED GEM to giveaway to one lucky international resident. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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  1. Great story! Your life seems so intriguing and worth it. Suddenly switching life goals is a hard thing to do and I don’t even have life goals yet.

    1. Hi Sudha
      Sorry for the late reply. I am helping my mother move and she currently lives 3 and a half hours away. I’ll have to put that on my writing resume LOL.
      Don’t worry if you don’t have life goals yet. They might find you when you least expect it.
      Good luck in the draw.

  2. The book sounds wonderful. I practically live in the world of the paranormal, I read so much. This sounds not only interesting, but humorous. As bungler, I empathize, sympathize, and have compassion for others who tend to be accident-prone in every facet of life (or afterlife). Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Michelle
      Sorry for the late reply. My mother is moving and I’m helping her get stuff sorted. The life of a daughter comes before the life of a writer sometimes.
      So nice to hear someone else lives in the paranormal world. And it was easy to write about an accident prone character when I am one myself.
      Good luck in the draw!
      D L

    1. Hi Susan

      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been doing my daughterly duties and helping my mother move house.

      Good luck in the draw. I’m glad you like the story idea.
      D L

    1. Hi Meghan
      My apologies for the delay in replying. I have been helping my mother move house and this one slipped my mind.
      Good luck in the giveaway!
      D L

    1. Hi Jennifer

      Your reference to “rock” is quite appropriate for Little Red Gem. If you get the chance to read it, you’ll understand. I hope you do get the chance.
      Good luck in the draw.
      D L

    1. Hi Mary
      sorry for the delay in replying. I have been helping an old lady myself – my mother. She’s moving house. Been in her old place for 38 years!
      Even after all this time I still feel for the old lady and her poems too. Poor dear. I know what it feels like to work so hard for something only to be cut down.
      Good luck in the draw!
      D L

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