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Guest blogger: Liv Arnold

28 April 2019

My writing journey

Working full-time, I get so tired and must force myself not to watch TV or go to bed as soon as I’m home. So, I give myself incentives to write—ice-cream or junk food whenever I finish a page, or I reward myself with reading a chapter of a book.

I never thought a traditional book contract would ever happen for me. I believed it was equivalent to movie or record deals. The odds are so high stacked against you and people are often discouraging.

But writing is better than therapy! I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. I always picture the worse-case scenarios, take hours to fall asleep (sometimes I’m still awake when the sun comes up) and my chest is permanently tightened. Writing drowns out the noise in my head—maybe because I’m focusing on fictional characters. At work on my breaks, if my mind starts to spin out of control, I write for a few minutes straight to refocus. People cope with anxiety in different ways but writing with some exercise helps me.

So how did I get a contract? I networked with authors through social media and started a blog where I interviewed successful writers—I still do this. I learned so many amazing tips, such as building my online presence, elevator pitches, and being persistent.

Initially I received multiple rejections from publishers. Sometimes with detailed feedback and requests for a revise and resubmit. I gotta admit, this stung every time. I wondered what I was doing wrong and if I was even any good at writing.

But so many author friends told me to keep persisting. So, I kept working on my craft, took on feedback and experimented with different story ideas.

I also followed a lot of publishers’ Facebook pages. Sometimes they post about the type of stories they wanted to read. That’s when I saw a call out from The Wild Rose Press.

I thought no harm in giving this a crack. I whipped up a novella called Law & Disorder and sent my manuscript off. Six weeks later (I stalked my email inbox everyday), The Wild Rose Press replied with a contract offer. There was no acting cool on my part, and I emailed back my response filled with typos in my excitement to say ‘yes’.

I’m so pleased Law & Disorder has now come to life. Every time I receive a good review, it’s often a surprise to me (maybe the anxiety talking) but I am so grateful that people have been enjoying my book.

Thanks for reading.

Liv xo

Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv is avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And, of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads until all hours of the night.

You can find Liv here: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Bookbub

To win an ebook of Law & Disorder, please mark my book as ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads and send me the screenshot to The winner will be drawn at random on 31 May 2019.

Law & Disorder

Lawyer Juliet Jackson has come head to head with Sergeant Jesse Burns on numerous occasions in court. He is provoking. Pigheaded. Punch-worthy. They don’t get along. Not one little bit. The unfortunate fact he’s also her next-door neighbor brings her loathing off the charts. But when Juliet’s caught locked outside her home in nothing but a skimpy towel, she must swallow her pride and turn to Jesse for help. She doesn’t expect the explosive chemistry between them and can’t help but wonder if Jesse’s as demanding in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom.

You can buy Law & Disorder from Amazon Australia.

One Comment
  1. 28 April 2019 1:23 pm

    Congratulations Live. This is such a great story about persistence. You may also find meditation helps with anxiety too.

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