3 reasons why trying to publish a novel feels like trying to win The Voice @MelissaJCrispin

When Melissa approached me with this topic, I couldn’t resist. The publishing business is so subjective, just like singing. Let’s hear what Melissa has to say!

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Jennifer!

0086_scribble2 While I know The Voice has been on for several  seasons, I only started watching it recently. As cheesy as it sounds, it moves  me to watch all the people on this show pursue their dreams. It reminds me so  much of what writers go through on their journey to publication, and here are  three reasons why.

1.       Many of them have walked a long road just to get to the blind auditions. There  are so many stories of singers who struggled and worked tirelessly for years for  the chance to get on that stage. It isn’t so different for us as writers. Several  challenges come up along the way as you work to finish your book, and you need  to push forward and make it happen, no matter how hard it seems sometimes.

2.     0086_scribble1  A  lot of the contestants talk about going on the show to prove to themselves they  can do this. They’re looking to validate their dream, to see that other  people can believe in their talent and potential. Even if they don’t get a chair turn, having a successful artist in the music industry tell them they’re
good and to keep working is a huge encouragement. When a writer first starts
querying agents and publishers, similar thoughts cross their mind. If their
manuscript is rejected, constructive feedback can feel like a win. It lets the
writer know, you are almost there. Don’t give up yet.

3.      If  the contestant gets on the show, it’s only the beginning. They have much to learn and will grow as a result of all they’re exposed to during their time on the show. When your first book finally gets accepted for publication, it’s the
start of the next phase in your career. I’m yet to meet a published author who
said they learned nothing when they published their first book, and I suspect I
never will.

Do you watch The Voice? Can you think of other
reasons why it’s like pursuing publication?

When the balance between Earth, Afterlife, and Heaven are threatened, the fate of the universe falls on a selfish girl who must sacrifice everything to save it.

Kayla has a plan. She’s moving to the city after graduation and Luke’s coming with her. He’ll eventually become a doctor, she’ll be a ballerina—and they’ll live happily ever after. That is, until dark forces, led by a sister she never knew existed, start hunting her down for a power she never knew she had.

When Kayla starts working with a boy named Alec to learn how to defend herself and to stop the evil from eliminating the worlds, she finds herself falling for him. Hard. Torn between two loves and struggling to do what’s right for Earth and Afterlife, Kayla must decide if she’s fighting to keep her life together, or letting it go to save everyone else’s.

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Melissa  J. Crispin lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and an adorable  Siberian Husky. She spends her days in the corporate world, and pursues her passion for writing in the late nights and early mornings.

From micro-fiction to novels, Melissa loves to write stories in varying lengths.  But, no matter the story, it’s almost always about the romance.

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5 responses to “3 reasons why trying to publish a novel feels like trying to win The Voice @MelissaJCrispin

  1. I have never watched this show and hardly ever watch television. Nice analogy.
    As they say, there is no free lunch. You have to sweat and then some. 🙂

  2. My husband watches this show which means I see snippets of it if I look up from my book while it’s on.
    The similarity I see between this show and my writing career involves the coaching aspect. The coaches give input into the contestants choice of music and push them to stretch their vocal muscles, but the best singers stay true to their own individual style. Writing voice is the unique thing that sets each author apart from others in their genre and in the entire game. As beginners, we can be tempted to “give in” to what the “professionals” say about how or what we write. That’s a mistake. Just like a singer’s style is what makes them stand apart, our voice is what keeps us from being “just another writer.”
    This is HARD though, because there’s a fine line between staying true to your inner muse and being too stubborn to change the thing that’s holding you back.
    Which is why I’m thankful to have writing friends like you two ladies. Thanks for shining the light on what works in my writing and what needs to be refined or kicked to the curb. Here’s to a long and writerly friendship featuring multiple publishing credits on all our resumes.

    • All excellent points, Sharon! It is always cool to see singers gain confidence with their coach’s help and evolve over the course of the show. And, yes, my writing and voice evolves with the help I get from awesome writer friends like you, too!

  3. Thanks again for having me on your site today, Jennifer! This was a fun one to write.