Following the month of luck I asked the TRP authors to tell me their luckiest day/moment and here is what Carol McKibben said, take a look!
It was my lucky day when Troll River Publications decided to publish Luke’s Tale. I had been banging my head against the wall with literary agents who loved it but hesitated to take it on. Go figure. And then I gave it to Stephanie for an honest critique. “What’s wrong with it? Is it unbelievable to folks that a dog can teach us about unconditional love?” I questioned myself out loud with her.
I knew that Stephanie (full disclosure – she’s my daughter - but she’s my toughest critic.) was looking for something special to publish … something in which she truly believed. I didn’t dream that it would be my book. I just value her opinion and wanted complete honesty. I waited for her verdict. I think I held my breath for days! When she came into my office, I prepared myself for the worst. Her words? “I love it! I want to publish it!” Cue the happy dance!
That was the beginning of my real writing career. I had written a memoir, Riding Through It, but it is a “throw-away” book. Something I just wrote for me – memories that needed to be dispelled. After Luke’s Tale and more than 91 reviews , averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars, Stephanie and I came up with a series idea. We named it Snow Blood, and I’m working on the third in the series, after having a great time with Season 1 and Season 2.
So, I’d say that finding someone to believe in my creativity turned out to be my lucky day!
Carol Mckibben - Author, Troll
Carol McKibben was a magazine publisher for 20+ years. She has published Luke’s Tale, Riding Through It and the Snow Blood Vampire Mystery Thriller Series. Luke’s Tale and Snow Blood are targeted to a YA market. Luke’s Tale was included in the Summer Solstice Top 12 Book Pick List. Carol writes from the heart of a dog’s eyes. Her books help support her dog rescue efforts and focus on unconditional love. Carol, her labradoodle Neo, lab Thor and Siberian Husky Ty are currently working on new adventures. Go to http://www.carolmckibben.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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