Beth has a neat story to tell you, about her debut novella and life in general.
Lessons Learned From Fate (Kismet)
Kismet will be my first publication. It’s also the first piece of my fiction to garner real interest from traditional publishers. I learned so much from this short story, that I can’t possibly contain it to one small post, so I’ve decided to focus on two lessons learned from Fate.
First of all, Fate is a horrible title for a book of any sort, whether it be a short story or full length novel. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in fate or destiny. Call it what you will. I also believe there are 2592 results for “fate” on goodreads. That is a lot of competition. Now you might think this doesn’t matter, but a certain book blogger went to B&N in 2010 to buy Sea and came back with Sea Changed. The good news is Sea Changed is a good book. The bad is said blogger still has not read Sea. Should anyone be looking for my book, I want them to find my book. So fate became kismet.
On a more serious note, I always believed I was a “muse” writer. I could only write when I was “inspired.” I was wrong. Kismet was written to a submissions call for an anthology on a deadline. I missed the deadline by one day. Still I came out of it with the clearest plot I’d ever written and the new found piece of information that I can write from any idea I want. It doesn’t have to be some divine message delivered to me in a dream.
Well said, Beth, and something for us all to consider.