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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird writes sweet contemporary romance with a dash of humor and a whole lot of heart. She is the author of the Blue Hill Brides Series: The Duplicate Bride (2020) and The Matchmaker Bride (2021) from Entangled Publishing and current and upcoming works from Hallmark Publishing: An Unforgettable Christmas (2019) and On Christmas Avenue (2021), as well as several independent titles including her newest novella: A Christmastime Homecoming (2020). Visit Ginny’s website to learn more about her and her books: www.ginnybairdromance.com. ...more

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Ginny Baird Dear Cintia,

Thanks so much for writing to me. I really appreciate your question, as I know your sentiments are felt by many writers. Even published wr…more
Dear Cintia,

Thanks so much for writing to me. I really appreciate your question, as I know your sentiments are felt by many writers. Even published writers get rejected, and sometimes reviews can become demoralizing. Outside opinion is often tough to endure, and I agree that the competition—especially in light of indie publishing, which has more widely opened the field—is growing fiercer every day. Everyone in the business is struggling to catch up—and keep up—with the rapidly changing landscape that is today’s romance publishing.

That said, the main thing that should keep you writing is the knowledge that you find it hard to imagine life without it. What happens when you give up and walk away? Do you heave a spiritual sigh of relief, or does something in your soul tug at you, urging you to get back in there and once more put fingers to keyboard (or pen to paper)? Maybe not immediately, but always eventually…?

Original ideas are a dime a dozen, especially in romance fiction where tried-and-true tropes abound. It’s often the execution (the author’s unique spin on a storyline and voice) that makes a work exceptional. And, writers are constantly coming up with new and innovative ideas, of course. If you’re the second kind of writer, the sort that eventually comes back around to feeling called by the craft, the important thing to do is focus on your world and your stories. Breathe life into your characters and give them the manuscripts they’re meant to have. Fads in the industry come and go; just because you’ve started a story and then learn someone else has undertaken something similar, that doesn’t mean that your book will be worse. Take the time to make it singular, so it can shine.

All writers come to continual crossroads, reaching junctures where we need to decide whether to keep going or throw in the towel. And, simply being published isn’t enough these days. There’s marketing and promotions, the business management end of writing, and myriad other things authors need to focus on, which can seriously drain creative energy and time. At the risk of sounding trite, the following bit of wisdom holds true. The only real reason to continue writing is because you love it. Because creating worlds and characters feeds your soul, and you can’t imagine spending the rest of your lifetime without doing just that...

More than twenty years ago, I arrived at my first crossroads. I had a story I was burning to tell and decided that I was going to write it—and try to sell it. Even if it never got published, I was going to try and try and try… because I decided I’d rather ultimately die knowing I’d given it my all, rather than reach the end of my life in old age living with regrets. If I could look back and believe I’d done everything I could, and still never found success, then at least I could be satisfied I’d made a good effort.

So many things are beyond a writer’s control. Generally better books get published, yes. But sometimes lesser stories get selected, too. Then there are reports of those repeatedly rejected manuscripts that later get picked up and go on to become bestsellers.

In this business, few are chosen but many are called. So, dear Cintia, the main question you have to ask yourself is whether you feel called? If not, then there’s certainly no shame in admitting you’d tried your hand at writing and decided it’s not for you. But, if you are? Then join the band of brothers and sisters who, day after day, give it their all, despite the uncertainty of rewards. For creating itself is an art, precious and lovely. To be treasured. Made most special by what it is: a true expression of the heart.
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Ginny Baird Dear Brook Reader, Thank you for your lovely note! I sure appreciate you reaching out and your very generous words warmed my heart. I'm so happy you'v…moreDear Brook Reader, Thank you for your lovely note! I sure appreciate you reaching out and your very generous words warmed my heart. I'm so happy you've been enjoying my characters and my stories! I'm delighted you've enjoyed the cover art, too. I do indeed have a new book coming out on February 6th, Best Bachelor Dads (Three Sweet Romantic Comedies). It's an e-book collection of some of my favorite single father stories: The Holiday Bride, My Lucky Groom, and Crazy for You. Thanks so much again for taking the time to write, and for your kind wishes. I wish you much happy reading in the weeks--and months--ahead!(less)
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