Monday, February 20, 2012Posted by Diana Quincy at 7:51 AM
Author Theresa Ragan certainly did. The six-time Golden Heart finalist pursued that dream for almost 20 years.
As she tells Joyce Lamb in her USA Today "Happily Ever After" column, "I worked with two agents and a few editors. I joined critique groups and brainstorming groups. I attended writer conferences all over the U.S. I judged contests."
Ragan says she wrote every day and in many genres, hoping to attract the attention of an editor. But she never received that coveted offer from one of the big traditional publishers.
So, faced with having to find a real job when her youngest daughter headed off to college, Ragan decided to self-publish.
"With nothing to lose, I self-published Return of the Rose and A Knight in Central Park. Instead of selling 10 books, I sold thousands! After nearly two decades of working hard to get published, I felt like an overnight success," she tells Lamb in the HEA interview.
According to Ragan, she's sold more than 160,000 books in just 10 months.
She has published six ebooks. Five of them are available in print, using templates she used through CreateSpace.
Click here to read Theresa Ragan's full interview with Joyce Lamb in USA Today's Happily Ever After column.