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On The Road

On The Road

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Published by Holly Kammier
A writer hits a rough spot in the road.
A writer hits a rough spot in the road.

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Published by: Holly Kammier on Jan 24, 2012
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On The Road
Posted on January 20, 2012 by holly kammier 
 
 After months of anxious, nail biting waiting, I heard back from The Publisher. Whileshe didn¶t exactly say ³no´, she didn¶t say ³yes´ either. Upon reviewing her words, shehad a lot of really nice things to say. She liked my writing. She said I had an easy,entertaining style, and that I made it look effortless.Of course, before I could process her compliments, I zeroed in on her final decision ±Not As Is. Devastated, I locked myself in my bedroom and cried my eyes out. My arthad been misunderstood. I was never going to change my manuscript because it wasperfect just the way it was, publishing world be damned!Fortunately, my pity party only lasted about 10 minutes.I¶m not one to sulk. I like to fix things. In order to get back on track I needed to re-readthe e-mail, minus the emotional drama, and consider my options. What The Publisher didn¶t love, was that I pitched my manuscript as a story about my 20 year struggle with a severe Anxiety Disorder, and the anxiety wasn¶t front and center.S
 
he rightfully felt as it stands, Could Have Been Holly Wood, is more of a generalmemoir. She welcomed me to email her again if I reorganized my story to match my pitch. As most writers will tell you, the path to a published book is rarely a paved road. This isa slippery, muddy, uphill climb and it¶s up to me what I do next. The way I see it today, Ihave a few of choices:

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Daniel Essman added this note
Is anxiety the result of trauma? Is PTSD a "severe anxiety disorder?" Is fear of death a "disorder" at all? Do you believe in a psychological basis/cause of anxiety? Do you believe in an inborn, physiological propensity? Or...has one become the other? I am impressed by your mental process, your organization...
Steve U added this note
Interesting choices...which one did you make?
Holly Kammier added this note
Thank you for the support!!
Sheri L. Swift added this note
The important thing is that you keep trying! ; )

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