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In Will Brooks’s own words
What makes a writer a “writer”? Getting that first poem, short story, or book published? Graduating with a creative writing degree during the recession, then joining the family business instead of seeking the poor-artisan way? (It happened to me.)
I believe the truth is: Whoever sits and writes is a writer. Some are just on a higher level than others. Writing is a process of putting down one’s inner thoughts on paper. But writing shouldn’t be kept in a secret, private journal. Probably the second hardest part of writing is getting published; the first is learning how to take criticism.
Working a forty-hour week, farming, and having a social life left little time for writing, let alone the taxing process of submitting. I was getting nowhere in the process of getting published. I found myself frustrated—that’s when I found Writer’s Relief. I sent them some of my work and they accepted me as a client.
Honestly, I didn’t think my work was good enough for publication and that they just wanted my money. However, I wasn’t getting anywhere in my current process, so I proceeded. Writer’s Relief has helped me get published twice now, with some positive feedback from rejected submissions.
I was really apprehensive about the amount of money Writer’s Relief was charging, but I now feel it’s been money well spent. Working with Writer’s Relief has helped take some of the sting out of rejected submissions, because you don’t feel like you are alone; you have a support group through Writer’s Relief. I have been impressed with their organization and now always look forward to sending out submissions. It is like they claim—I can worry about the writing and they can do the rest.
More about Will
Will Brooks’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pencil Box Press, Critical Pass Review, and Penmen Review. He lives with his wife and child on a large farm in a house that was built with lumber harvested and milled on the farm over sixty years ago.