In this edition
- Resources for Writers
- Twenty-Two Years (and One Month)!
- Veronica's Words of Wisdom
- Free Expressions Baby Pictures
RESOURCES FOR WRITERS
Do you know that Free Expressions can help you on every step of your writing journey? From concept to story development to deep editing, workshops, and more, we're here to help you succeed.
TWENTY-TWO YEARS (and One Month)!
Last month, Free Expressions celebrated its twenty-second year in existence. Which seems incredible to me, particularly since *I* have not aged at all in that time.
Publishing sure has, though. Or rather, it’s evolved. Twenty-two years ago, only a handful of legitimate independent editors plied their trade; very few people self-published—and only through “vanity presses;” young adult fiction barely existed; and writers generally connected through small local writing groups and the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine.
In that time, I’ve been witness to many waves of industry panic -> recovery -> growth as conglomerates bought out and consolidated publishing houses, imprints expanded and contracted, and, of course, eBooks made their appearance. Every time, the pot-stirrers rang alarm bells and brought out the big shovels to bury books as an art form, to lament publishing’s inevitable slide into the abyss.
Me? I just kept plugging away.
I practiced my own writing craft in a variety of genres (and have been lucky to get paid for it), and I helped my clients and students most by focusing on the work. Not industry gyrations. Not predictions of success or failure or the next big thing. But on helping writers create great big beautiful books.
I’ve grown the company by working with people who share my values and who operate from a place of generosity, skill, adaptability, and optimism. I am so lucky to have such wonderful partners in the journey. We treat our clients the way we wish to be treated as writers. We put on the workshops we’d want to attend. And we try to stay nimble enough to keep creating new offerings, to tune in to what the writing community most needs to help them succeed.
Twenty-two years later, we’ve seen hundreds of clients and students reach--and exceed--their publishing goals. We’ve helped people to bestselling success in both independent and traditional publishing. We’ve been privy to a galaxy of starred reviews. And it’s been an absolute honor—and super humbling privilege—all the way through.
Of course, there are bumps in the road. And of course, the path of authorship is not for the faint of heart. It can be grueling and heartbreaking and tedious--and also transcendent and beautiful and rewarding. It can load you up with riches and then pull the rug out from under you. It’s not easy. It’s not guaranteed. But that one-on-one connection between an author and a reader just can’t be beat in my mind. Books are life-savers. Our brainwaves and heartbeats operate on the frequency of story.
So, here we are, twenty-two years later. Publishing is still a multi-billion-dollar industry. Books still break out and become runaway bestsellers. People love their print books and their e-readers. Storytelling is valued more than ever.
My first writing mentor, Gary Provost, used to say, “It might as well be you.” Meaning that no matter what industry upheavals occur, no matter what platforms become most popular, no matter how many slots remain on the lists of editors, someone’s book will be published to huge success. So why not yours?
That has been our guiding principle for more than two decades. And for us, it works. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to do what we do. We look forward to your success, to nurturing your dreams, and to celebrating the magic of story with you for years to come.
VERONICA'S WORDS OF WISDOM
(From Lorin: Thanks to the amazing Veronica Rossi for allowing us to share this excellent series of tweets. Such important points, beautifully expressed.)
Things I tell myself over and over and over...
- I will write the best book *I* possibly can.
- I will take the time I need to do it right.
- I will not compare my work/career to anyone else's.
- I will always strive to be better.
- I will not beat myself up over my mistakes/shortcomings.
- I will trust my instincts.
- I will not seek approval through my art.
- I will be as honest as I can be in my work.
- I will never take for granted how lucky I am to 1) have a passion, and 2) be able to call it work.
- And I will never quit. The Journey is the Point.
FREE EXPRESSIONS BABY PICTURES
Over the years, Free Expressions has grown and changed a lot. From an infant website and a smattering of offerings in the late 1990's to the robust website with the workshops and services we offer today. Enjoy the journey!