Taking My First Steps As An Author

Hello to everyone out there in WG2E Land!

Today’s post is about making a transition into another part of the e-pub world. As many of you have certainly figured out by now, I am David Slegg, D.D. Scott’s new co-author for the STUCK WITH A Series of serial novels.

I should start out by saying that I’m not leaving the editing business. So, if I’ve been editing for you, don’t panic. The Edit Dude isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’m just diving into the writing world as well.

Just like the newborn calf shown in the image above who’s taking his first steps, I’m taking my first steps into the writing world. Some of you may have already seen this little fellow. He was featured as my first Farm Pic of the Week on my blog.

I always knew that I wanted to write, but I had a hard time convincing myself that I was ‘ready’ to write. As I mention on my author bio page on my site, I took to heart the old adage that you should live before you sit down to start telling stories.

To my way of thinking, Henry David Thoreau summed it up best with his take…

How vain it is to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live.

There have been times in the past when I was reading a particular popular book and thought to myself, “I could write just as well or better than this author in my sleep.” There were also other times when I was reading the work of writers such as Cormac McCarthy or Arundhati Roy and thought, “I could never write anything even approaching this. Why even try?”

Since then, I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to be as brilliant as those writers. I just have trust in and be true to my own voice.

I’m exited to be starting out on my journey as a debut author and I’m even more excited and honored to have the opportunity to begin this journey with the know-how and invaluable counsel of my amazing co-author, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling Author D.D. Scott.

It’s going to be great to see how this all unfolds. As I mentioned above,  I’m going to be sharing a Farm Pic of the Week on my blog every Thursday, as well as a Farm Pic of the Day on Facebook and Twitter each day. I hope you’ll come on over and connect with me Down on the Farm.  I think this is going to be a wonderful journey.

How about all of you out in WG2E Land? What was the beginning of your writing journey like? What advice would you most like to share with new authors?

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  1. Gregory Lynn says:

    Quick question…why does that calf have a UFO dangling on a string hanging from its belly?

    • David Slegg says:

      Excellent question.

      The dangly thing hanging from his belly is his umbilical cord. The ‘UFO’ is a tire that he happened to be walking by. We use the tire for holding mineral blocks. The cows lick mineral blocks to get, well, their minerals.

      I hope that’s helpful, and I’m sorry for punching holes in any conspiracy theories you had. Sometimes life just isn’t as intriguing as we wish it to be. Heh.

      p.s. How do you feel about Tek & Wake retiring in the same year?

  2. Lois Lavrisa says:

    Wow- huge congratulations to you! I know that you will do fantastic as an author, as you already are an awesome editor and all around great guy:)

  3. Sibel Hodge says:

    Congrats on your new venture – wishing you lots of luck! :)

  4. Julie Day says:

    Well, I didn’t realise that you and David Slegg was one and the same person. Doh. I love the pic of the calf. So cute.

    My first writing was back in 1999. It was a column for a magazine and I was well chuffed to be paid for it. So I’d say to start small and work yourself up to a novel over the years. That is what I did. Writing columns and letters for magazines, you can get used to writing to a certain word count, so it helps you later on when you want to write to more words.

  5. Adan Lerma says:

    best wishes david, my guess is you’re doing the right things for sure!

    i’ll look fwd to some followup articles on how things went as and as not expected ;-)

  6. Kiru Taye says:

    Wishing you plenty of luck and success!

  7. D.D. Scott says:

    Bravo, David!

    I’m over the moon to be sharing your journey!

    With you as my Editor, I struck gold. And now, to be writing with you too…well…that’s just superfab fun!!!

    I luuuvvv what you’re doing with these Farm Pics of the Day/Week!!! It will be a great way to “brand” you as an author. Well done!!!

    And as a couple of our new readers told us, that first calf being born on your debut release day was a wonderful sign!!!

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Oh, and as for my first “writing journey”…I was the Young Authors Award-Winning Author (in 3rd Grade) of the self-illustrated children’s book WHEN CHARLIE BROWN FELL IN LOVE WITH LUCY.

      From there, after writing a gazillion papers on foreign policy and politico-psychology (my degrees are in political science and psychology), I went on to write legal briefs for the law firm I worked for, then employee handbooks for the manufacturer I served as HR Manager for, then Returns Reports for one of the Big Six Pubs.

      Finally, I decided writing Fiction was a ton more fun!!! LOL!!!

      • David Slegg says:

        Hi, D.D.

        I’m really happy to be writing with you too!

        I’m not sure if I could fall in love with someone who was constantly pulling the football away when I was trying to kick it and causing me to fall on my butt. Heh.

        Sounds like you had quite the circuitous route leading up to your fiction writing. Regardless of how you got there, it’s great that you made it.

        I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.

  8. Welcome to the other side, Matt/David!

  9. Congratulations on taking the first step in your writing journey. Wishing you all the luck and success in the world!

  10. Tamara Ward says:

    Way to go! And good luck! I can’t wait to read the Stuck with A series!

  11. Diana Layne says:

    Envy you living on a farm, would love to do that one day! Good luck with your new series and welcome to the other side…

    • David Slegg says:

      Hi, Diana.

      Well, I would caution you. It’s not all cuddly baby calves and picturesque agrarian scenery. My father was once pulling a calf for a heifer who was having a difficult birth and she decided to stand up and drag him all over the farm. He was pretty well banged up and we ended up losing the calf. Needless to say, there are many more stories where that one came from.

      Also, if you have animals, you have to tend to them every day. If you don’t have anyone nearby who can help out, then you can pretty much kiss the idea of vacations goodbye. Not that I’m trying to dissuade you or anything. Heh.

      Good luck to you too!

  12. Judith Lown says:

    Best wishes. You are lucky to be writing with D.D. Scott. I do believe that every writer’s career, way of writing, etc. is as distinctive as a thumb print. All that writers have in common is that they write.

    • David Slegg says:

      Thanks, Judith.

      I know how lucky I am to be writing with D.D. I really like your comment about a writing career having its own unique thumbprint.

      Happy writing!

  13. Welcome to the author (dark) side. Funny, I’ve lived on a farm for the last 40 years. I didn’t even notice the tire and the umbilical cord is just a part of the calf. When Gregory asked the question about the UFO, I had to go back and look at the picture. LOL
    Keep the farm pics coming. If you need extra, let me know.

    • David Slegg says:

      Thanks, Stephanie. I think.

      The dark side? I’m hoping that’s just sarcasm. Heh.

      Yeah, the UFO comment caught me a bit off guard too.

      Good to know you’re a fellow farmer type. We’ll have to compare farm photos. Best of luck you you in your journey!

  14. I can tell you that the world of authors is absolutely amazing. I have never felt so connected! Just from your comments, I think you’ll be successful. You have a good wit. Good luck and again, welcome to our world.

    • David Slegg says:

      Thanks, Nancy.

      I appreciate you saying that.

      I’m really excited to be joining your world. I think this is going to be a great ride.

      Best of luck to you on your journey as well.

  15. Cute picture. I’ve been writing since high school, but my journey to publication truly began with my first full novel that took 8yrs to write. Now that I know more of what I’m doing, I’m down to 3-6mo., depending on the length of the book.

    I hope your journey unfolds with minimal lows and tons of success! Wishing you and D.D. all the best with your new venture!

    • David Slegg says:

      I suppose I’ve always written too, just not for publication.

      It sounds like you’ve got it down to a science.

      Thanks, and I wish you the best too.

  16. Dani Harper says:

    Welcome to the brave new world of the writer! Sounds like you have a healthy perspective already. It’s really hard sometimes to remember that you have your own voice and that you don’t have to be like any other writer out there. (And yes, I still have to give myself that lecture frequently, especially when I finish reading yet another book that I love enough to put on my keeper shelf!)

    Wishing you every success (and I’m looking forward to the farm pics!)

    • David Slegg says:

      Thanks, Dani!

      That’s some sound advice. I’ll be vigilant in guarding against unwittingly changing my voice.

      Wish you every success also!

  17. Jill Mora says:

    David, I think it’s MOO-valous that you’re stepping out into the writing sector! Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in your new series. In honor of St Patty’s day, I hope you find your Pot O’ Gold!

  18. Jeanne says:

    Congratulations on your new writing adventure with D.D……….I’m sure that you will have great success and a lot of fun along the way! I’m looking forward to reading your series. Keep the farm photos coming…….I love them!

  19. Laura says:

    Good luck and enjoy that writing! Looking forward to reading you
    Laura x

  20. R.A. Lee says:

    Hi – I think it’s rare anyone starts with a novel. My favorite author influences worked at news publishing writing articles and short stories. Copy editing is a skill that is highly undervalued, but it’s not a far stretch from there to writing. At least you won’t have to consult friends and freak out about whether or not you have the correct past tense of a word.

  21. David Slegg says:

    Hi, R.A.

    That’s an interesting point. Most of my writing the past few years was all non-fiction writing for grad school. I have to say that I’m more than a little pleased to be finished with all of that.

    Oh, yes. I despise the dreaded tense monster. Just ask my clients.

    Happy writing!

  22. Exciting news, Mr. Dude! Congratulations on your venture in… to the other side.

    I wish you good luck and I hope you have as much fun as most of us do… outside of all the times we are experiencing various writing life challenges. I love the freedom and the creativity, and that makes up for the tough parts.

    I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures as a writer!