Everyone’s Story welcomes back publishing executive and suspense author Mark Gilroy. I have the pleasure of knowing Mark for several years now and I’m always happy when he accepts my invitation to appear here. This week Mark shares with us insights to loving and hating various aspects of writing, fascinating to both the author and reader. Check out Mark’s generous BookGiveaway for 5 lucky winners of his newest release, Rise of the Beast. Mark and I look forward to chatting with you.
**This is the last week to vote for your favorite books for the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award. Please consider supporting me with your vote of my novel Always With You, in the Fiction-General Category: http://www.christianpublishers.net/17votes/ Heartfelt thanks!
Mark is offering 5 randomly chosen commenters each 1 copy of Rise of the Beast. The winners will be announced here on Friday, March 31st between 5-6 PM EST.
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WRITING: LOVE IT AND HATE IT By Mark Gilroy
Writing: you gotta love it and you gotta hate it!
I love churning out 5,000 words in a day. I hate deleting 5,000 words from a section that just wasn’t working. (Some things you’ve added to your story just don’t fit and can’t be saved.)
I love coming up with a surprise ending. I hate having to wade through 400 pages to fix spoilers and drop in appropriate hints for the alert reader. (I know from experience that alert readers will let you know when you missed one thing.)
I love approving press proofs. I hate proof reading and finding yet another typo or a missing question mark. (I personally believe that errors are real entities that get to work after you shut down your computer for the night.)
I love learning new facts in the research process. I hate having to distill complex research results into palatable insights that keep the story interesting and realistic without bogging it down. (I’m probably not the only writer who has to stop myself from “impressing” readers with the latest theories on the sociopathic mind.)
I love a five-star review. I hate a two-star review simply because a reader doesn’t like my genre. (Rule for Reviewers: if you don’t like mysteries, don’t review mysteries.)
I love when the words flow. I hate when words are like a wood splinter that you have to pick at for hours to get out. (How many times can you rewrite the opening paragraph?)
I love that opportunities to publish are limitless. I hate that there are so many books cluttering the marketplace. (I have a million author friends who agree with me wholeheartedly.)
I love when people say it must be great to be a writer. I hate when people ask if it was hard. (Yes, it can be very hard.)
I love finishing a 100,000-word book. I hate when I only have 40,000 words written of a 100,000-word book that has a looming deadline. (This is my life story. I thank God for the last minute or I’d never get anything done.)
I love reviewing other writers’ ideas. I hate when they really weren’t interested in feedback and critique. (If you really love what you have done, don’t ask for criticism.)
I love talking to people about my book. I hate having to be a self-promoter with family, friends, and strangers alike. (Doesn’t mean you won’t see another post with the latest-greatest-review on my Facebook feed.)
I love leaving a tangible expression of my thoughts and creativity in book form. I hate it when book sales languish. (Check out M.K. Gilroy titles on Amazon and other fine bookselling sites right now!)
I love when the designer nails a cover that fits the theme perfectly. I hate directing a third round of cover design tweaks. (If you can’t read the title in postage-stamp size, neither will online book buyers.)
So you want to be a writer? Great! It’s good for your mental and emotional health. What a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles. You’ll absolutely love writing the book that’s on your heart. But don’t start writing unless you are ready to struggle and fight over a phrase; unless you are ready for manuscript-reviewers and editors to beat you up; unless you are ready to put countless hours into an endeavor that may never experience widespread consumption and generate fabulous wealth; unless you are ready to sit in front of the computer, all by your lonesome self, without affirmation and encouragement and feedback from others.
If you’re like me, when you really dig into the task of writing, you’re gonna love it and you’re gonna hate it!
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Mark “M.K.” Gilroy is a veteran publishing executive who has acquired, developed, authored, and ghostwritten numerous books that have landed on various bestseller lists.
His newest novel, Rise of the Beast, is the first in a new series called The Patmos Conspiracy. Filled with international intrigue, it follows the plot of a megalomaniacal billionaire whose goal is to save the world by destroying it. “I will do what others fear to do. I will rise from the seas and ride the blood red horse of the Apocalypse.”
Cold As Ice is his newest novel in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series. Conner is a character USA TODAY calls “Miss Congeniality meets Castle’s Kate Beckett; a lethal, smart, and fun combo.”
When not writing novels, Gilroy creates and publishes book products for retailers, ministries, and businesses. He recently launched a new publishing company, Sydney Lane Press.
Gilroy holds undergraduate degrees in Speech Communications/Journalism and Biblical Literature, and two graduate degrees, the M.Div. and MBA.
The father of six adult children, he resides with his wife, Amy, in Brentwood, Tennessee.
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Mark and I look forward to your comments.
I’m honored that my novel Always With You
is up for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.
Please consider voting at this link.