'Til I Find You". She describes writing during her post-high school years as, "self therapy".
Visit her blog at www.gretabondieumaitre.blogspot.com.
I love to read and writing is a by-product. Making up stories and sharing them has always been my favorite hobby.
Is this your first book?
No, this is my third novel.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?
was a very surprising journey for me. I began writing in sixth grade,
having the childhood dream of publishing my first book at thirteen
(which by the way didn’t happen). My friends loved the stories and
wondered why I never finished them, so I decided to do just that with my
first book. It took me about five years and then when it was done, I
didn’t know what to do with it. I liked to read it sometimes just for
fun, changing things and adding scenes as new ideas came to me. Then a
girlfriend read it. She thought I was being silly for not getting it
published. So, I embarked on the almost impossible task of finding a
traditional publisher which happened to be right about the time of the
financial slump. No one was taking on new authors, especially those
without agents. Did I mention that finding an agent is just as difficult
as finding a traditional publisher willing to take on a new author? I
found out about author websites such as youwriteon.com and displayed my
starting chapters for fellow authors to review. At first, it was a shock
what certain people would say about my work, but that helped me remodel
the story and also gave me my first chance at
What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?
Only the fittest, the tireless and the sleepless survive!
If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?
be honest, I would go the way of the traditional publisher. It’s a
longer process but it costs less, it’s more credible and it’s more than likely to pay more.
Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?
Yes, youwriteon.com was the first to provide the opportunity and teach me the ways of self-publishing.
What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
in your work. However, make sure you polish it as much as possible and
that includes getting it professionally edited (even if it’s just basic
proofreading) before submitting to publishers.