Thursday, July 20, 2017


Kimberly Fisk Talks About Her Path to Publication

Hello!!  Thank you for having me here today.  I love connecting with other writers and readers so this is a true treat!!
I think the question I’m asked most often is how did I get published.  Or, what was my path to publication.  How I wish I could tell you I was handed the secret map and by following it step by step, it led me straight to where I wanted to be.  Alas, no.  Sorry.  But through my pursuit of that ever seemingly elusive goal of receiving “The Call,” I did pick up a few tidbits of wisdom that were of
great benefit.  I hope they will help you, too!
·        Write.  Sounds so obvious, right?  But while many of us dream of being a published author we fail to do the one thing we must: write.  It’s not pretty or glamorous for the most part; it’s a lot of hours sitting in front of your computer or laptop or notepad mining for the right words.  It’s a lot of hours spent crafting a story that might never sell.  Scary stuff there!  But here’s the rub: if you don’t write it, the publisher can’t come.  (Terrible spin on the Field of Dreams quote but I’m sure you get the idea.)  And if your book never sells?  You will still have accomplished two incredible things: YOU WROTE A BOOK!  How awesome is that?!  And two, by writing that book, you learned so much about the writing process.
·        Read.  Again, sounds obvious.  But reading is a key element to writing.  Reading keeps your pulse on what is selling; it also helps teach you the art of writing.  What the author did right…what didn’t work as well for you.  Character development.  Pacing.  And the list goes on and on.  And don’t just read in the genre you aspire to publish in.  Read voracious.  Read everything.  Read fiction blockbusters, the how-to write books.  The classics.  Before I sold, I read every current debut I could get my hands on.  Gobbled them up as fast as I could.  Those debut books grabbed an agent and/or editor and sold for a reason.  I wanted to know why. 
·        Invest in your dream.  Invest not only your time (which is extremely valuable) but also invest your hard earned dollars.  I know this bit of advice is difficult for a lot of us moms to wrap our heads around—spend money on ourselves even if we don’t see an immediate return—but it wasn’t until I started doing just that that I started to see positive progress.  By my taking my dream seriously enough to spend money on it, my family began to realize just how important it was.  My writing wasn’t just a fun hobby—but a serious pursuit of a dream.  Another benefit of plunking down those dollars for a workshop or conference or how-to book?  I was going to get the biggest bang for my buck.  The notes I took were college worthy if I do say so myself and the connections I made with other writers just like me has been invaluable throughout the years.  Also, don’t forget that there are a lot of ways to obtain these resources for discounted rates.  Many times you can volunteer at a conference that will reduce your fees or you can buy the workshop tapes from the conference and save the cost of travel and other costs.
·        Another important step in this path to publication is to learn the value of feedback and revisions.  For this step we need to develop a thicker skin.  It’s very easy to get attached to our “baby” and not want to hear that anything is wrong with it, but we all know the truth: almost everything can be made better through revisions/re-envisioning/rethinking.  But (and this is a big but) chose your beta readers/critique partners well.  I count myself extremely fortunate that I landed with three amazing writers early in my writing days.  They were (and are) instrumental to my success.
·        So now that you’ve written and revised a book, honed your craft through reading books and attending workshops and conferences, you are itching to send it out to the world.  Or at least a publishing professional who can get your dream in front of readers.  Even among my group of writer friends there is an ongoing debate as to whether you should get an agent or not.  My advice—GET AN AGENT.  But like with all the steps along the way, research, research, research to find that perfect match for you.

While this is in no means a complete list, I hope it helps you fulfill your dream of becoming a published author just as it did for me.  And if you have tips you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note through my website ( or FB (  Connecting with other writers and readers is one of the best gifts this career has given me.

About the Author

A past recipient of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award, Kimberly Fisk is the bestselling author of Lake Magic. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, and too many four-legged critters to count.
Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Boardwalk Summer.




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