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  • Writer's pictureSJ Cunningham

And so it begins

Hello, Friends! I've been posting a lot lately on the "ending" of things. The end of 2020, the end of summer, the end of the stories. Those are certainly reflective of where I am in my life. But, with every ending comes a new beginning, and today, I'm excited (terrified?) to focus on a new chapter in my journey!

As you may have read on the main site, my novel will be published in December. Earlier this week, the editing process with my publisher began. While I've written in some capacity all of my life, I've always written for other people. The publishing journey is a new one for me, and I'm so excited and nervous to start this process. Any writers or artists reading this will know how scary it is to finally share your work with anyone, let alone to prepare to share it with the general public. The idea of the editing process is especially daunting to me. Many of the words in my story were chosen for a reason. At the same time, the role of editor is to make the story better, and I want the work to be as clear and relatable as possible.

So, now that the process is moving forward, I'm also thinking about the marketing aspects of this new adventure. As an author, not only is imperative that you show your writing to the world, it's incumbent upon you to put your own self and your own work out there to try to get as many people as possible to actually read what came bleeding out of your soul. Maybe that's a little dramatic, but not by much!

But, only good things, right? Getting outside your comfort zone, personal growth and all that...

Seriously, though, while this is all new and scary and yes, terrifying, it really is exhilarating. I know that not everyone is going to read what I've written, and those who do read it may not love it or relate to it at all. I know that I'm not going to get rich or become famous. But that's not why we write. We write because we have something to say, and even when it can be scary to share those words, there's also a push deep within in us to do so.

For all of you writers, out there, I'd love to hear your thoughts and your experiences. Email me at or visit my Facebook page at

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