Today we have a guest post from Joshua Preece. He explains a little about what it’s like to be a newer author and some of his experiences with just starting to attend conferences and conventions. Here’s a little bit about him.
Joshua Dee Preece lives in a small valley surrounded by mountains about an hour from Salt Lake City. He lives there with his wife Julie and his five kids the last two of which are fourteen month old twins. He works in a shop all day and dreams of his stories. He enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi and loves to write the stories swimming around in his head.
And without further ado, here’s his post:
“There seems to be many things I have learned over the years in my adventure to becoming an author. Some great, some disappointing, and for some reason it’s all hard to explain. I have been writing for some time now but only just recently started calling myself a writer. The reason for that is simple people always look at me like “How are you going to make it in life being a writer?”
Making it has nothing to do with writing. It’s just something I love doing because of all the stories in my head. I only just recently attended my first writers’ conference in 2014 and it was awesome. The conference was LDStorymakers and it was definitely an overload of information. I never felt more comfortable amongst such a large group as far back as I can remember.
There is always room to learn and grow as a writer but the most important thing I have learned so far is that I am not alone in this adventure. The people at storymakers truly made me feel like I was a part of something great. It’s funny because I got to meet Terry Brooks at comicon this year and I told him I wanted to be a published author someday. He said that many people had told him that earlier that day. He then proceeded to tell me “You have a lot of competition.”
Afterwards I thought on his words and to be honest he is wrong. I do not see any of my writer friends as competition they are my support group. So as I said before the best thing I have learned so far is that I am not alone.”