PRO Blog

September 14, 2008 by in category Blogs tagged as with 1 and 0
Home > Writing > Blogs > PRO Blog

I’M GLAD I TOOK THE TIME
by Kitty Bucholtz

I’ve been writing stories since I can remember, the first ones in chalk on a blackboard in the hallway outside our bedrooms. In 1996, I let someone try to convince me I could maybe really publish something. I did in 1997, and I got my first “thank you” email from a reader. That was “the moment” for me. The moment when I thought maybe I could change the world with my words.

In 2001, I joined RWA, can’t even remember why. Someone must’ve told me it would be good for me. I expected broccoli (something I like, but it is a vegetable) and instead I found a buffet (broccoli, pot roast, potatoes, jello salad, death by chocolate cake – the works!). Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the buffet was spread out on so many tables and I missed a lot of it, still don’t know a lot of the benefits. There are so many and I’m finding new ones all the time.

In 2004, my agent sent out my first book – very exciting. We got two “we would’ve bought it six months ago” replies, and my agent told me to just write another book and keep going. So I did, not realizing there was this thing called PRO and that it would be helpful for me to join it.

I spent most of 2006 in Sydney, Australia, and strangely that’s when I learned about PRO. I was making friends at OCC by being involved through email and in online activities and Gina Black told me about it. Then I think Mindy Neff encouraged me again to get the paperwork filled out. But I didn’t see the point – it was just a pin, right? Finally, Sandy Chvostal all but printed out the form for me! I sent it off, got the pin – then an amazing thing happened. I finally started to see that going PRO was about more than a pin!

We get our own retreat at the RWA National Conference with lots of great speakers and information just for us. We have our own Yahoo Groups with tons of information and mini-classes every month. (All free, mind you!) We get treated like professionals instead of wannabes. Respect! I love it! All for proving that we have the capacity and fortitude to say we’re going to write an entire book and send it to an editor or agent. Even if we’re not picked up, people give us the respect of knowing we have it in us.

Now that I know so much about PRO (and I’m pretty sure what I know is only a part of everything that PRO is!), I encourage all my friends to fill out that darn paperwork! When else in your writing career is someone going to give you a medal for being rejected by an agent or an editor! LOL!! Going PRO has really helped me grow as a writer. So join us – go PRO and grow!


Kitty Bucholtz is a co-founder of Routines For Writers, a new web site to help writers write more. She writes light urban fantasy novels with a romantic comedy spin – and loves every minute of it! Even though she loves talking about, writing about, and teaching about writing, she’s pretty sure she knows at least three people who aren’t writers.

  • Recent Posts
Author Details
A Slice of Orange started in 2004 as a group of authors from Orange County, California. We have expanded to include authors from around the globe–from the UK, all across the US to New Zealand. Our authors include the multi-published and writers at the beginning of their publishing career. In addition to authors, we feature blog posts from editors, PR professionals, and cover designers. The bright segments of the writing and reading community that make up one perfect entity—A Slice of Orange.
Tag: On Sale

Books on sale or free

THE GHOST OF DEPFORD HALL

Buy now!
THE GHOST OF DEPFORD HALL

THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

Buy now!
THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

A DRAKENFALL CHRISTMAS

Buy now!
A DRAKENFALL CHRISTMAS

CITY OF BLAZE

Buy now!
CITY OF BLAZE

THE CHRISTMAS PIANO TREE

Buy now!
THE CHRISTMAS PIANO TREE

A SOLDIER’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS

Buy now!
A SOLDIER’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS

COWBOY KARMA

Buy now!
COWBOY KARMA

ILONA’S WOLF

Buy now!
ILONA’S WOLF

LET IT SNOW

Buy now!
LET IT SNOW

GIRL IN THE MIST

Buy now!
GIRL IN THE MIST

HAGAR’S LAST DANCE

Buy now!
HAGAR’S LAST DANCE

HOSTILE WITNESS

Buy now!
HOSTILE WITNESS
THE DAY BAILEY DEVLIN’S HOROSCOPE CAME TRUE

#PLEASE SAY YES

Buy now!
#PLEASE SAY YES

LOVE ME TENDER

Buy now!
LOVE ME TENDER

GIRLFRIENDS & SECRETS

Buy now!
GIRLFRIENDS & SECRETS

THE FIX UP

Buy now!
THE FIX UP

SUPERHERO IN DISGUISE

Buy now!
SUPERHERO IN DISGUISE
Tag: 2018

A LEAP INTO LOVE

Buy now!
A LEAP INTO LOVE

THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

Buy now!
THE COUNTERFEIT LADY

ASCENT OF ICE

Buy now!
ASCENT OF ICE

SLICK DEAL

Buy now!
SLICK DEAL

GLIMPSE

Buy now!
GLIMPSE

BEYOND DANGER

Buy now!
BEYOND DANGER

SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

Buy now!
SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

GRAVESIDE REUNION

Buy now!
GRAVESIDE REUNION

COURTED BY A COWBOY

Buy now!
COURTED BY A COWBOY

SURPRISED BY A BABY

Buy now!
SURPRISED BY A BABY

RESCUED BY A RANCHER

Buy now!
RESCUED BY A RANCHER

TEMPTED BY A TEXAN

Buy now!
TEMPTED BY A TEXAN

SECRET RELATIONS

Buy now!
SECRET RELATIONS

THIS MAGIC MOMENT

Buy now!
THIS MAGIC MOMENT

#PLEASE SAY YES

Buy now!
#PLEASE SAY YES

LOVE ME TENDER

Buy now!
LOVE ME TENDER

DESPERATE DESIRE

Buy now!
DESPERATE DESIRE
LOVE NOTES

PICK AND CHEWS

Buy now!
PICK AND CHEWS
THE SHORT & SWEET OF IT: When the Right Word Is a Short Word
×
A Slice of Orange started in 2004 as a group of authors from Orange County, California. We have expanded to include authors from around the globe–from the UK, all across the US to New Zealand. Our authors include the multi-published and writers at the beginning of their publishing career. In addition to authors, we feature blog posts from editors, PR professionals, and cover designers. The bright segments of the writing and reading community that make up one perfect entity—A Slice of Orange.

1 Comment

  • Anonymous
    on September 14, 2008

    Hello Kitty!! What a fabulous advocate for PRO. We’ve got to gather in the rest of the OCC Pro’s who are lurking on the sidelines so we can grow PRO in our chapter.
    Thanks for the great blog!

    Barb D., OCC Pro Liaison

Comments are closed.

Copyright ©2017 A Slice of Orange. All Rights Reserved. ~PROUDLY POWERED BY WORDPRESS ~ CREATED BY ISHYOBOY.COM

%d bloggers like this: