“Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?”
When I first heard the Beatles’ Paperback Writer many moons ago, I remember thinking what a funny, quirky song it was.
Then, gradually, over the years, I began to hear the song in a different light. Whenever I happened to hear it, the song would seem to speak to me, to call to me. I would sing along, and I would want to be a paperback writer. What a fun, free, creative life that would be!
“…And I need a job,
So I want to be a paperback writer,
Well, time passed. And, what do you know? I am a paperback writer. An official, certified, under-contract paperback writer.
What does this mean?
At the moment, it means I’m operating under two looming deadlines. First, the final copy edits on Book #1 (Midsummer Night’s Mischief ) are due to my editor, Martin, in less than two weeks. Second, the complete manuscript for Book #2 (title to be revealed later) are due to Martin in less than two months. Yikes!
“It's a thousand pages, give or take a few.
I'll be writing more in a week or two.”
Way back when I created the first draft of Book #1, back when I didn’t even have an agent yet, I had all the time in the world. I could be slow about it and write whenever I felt like it. Not anymore. Now, I almost feel like I’m back in school with homework every night. Like, big, final-project, can’t-put-it-off, my-grade-is-riding-on-this homework.
Is it still fun to be a paperback writer?
You bet it is!
I still love to write and make up stories. Even with the pressure of deadlines, it’s still a dream come true.
“If you really like it you can have the rights.
It could make a million for you overnight.
If you must return it you can send it here,
But I need a break,
And I want to be a paperback writer,
Are there any songs that speak to you? Are you doing what you’re called to do?
If not, it’s not too late!
P.S. According to one story, Paul McCartney wrote Paperback Writer after his aunt asked him if he could “write a single that wasn't about love.”
The funny thing is, it’s still a sort of love song to my ears. J
A nature-loving, mystery-reading, magic-seeking, daydreaming kinda gal, Jennifer is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries.