Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hitting The Literary Jackpot...Shean Pao


I met Shean at last week's FanX Salt Lake Comic Con. She was one of the many authors at the WordFire booth. Being a published author is impressive, but when I heard her story, it made me realize beginning authors can do something that many people say is impossible.

Shean took writing classes from Dave Farland. If you don't know who Dave is, he has mentored some of the most successful young writers in the country. As one of his students he was able to read a story Shean wrote. Now that story has become the novel The Feather and the Moon Well. I have not read it yet, but it's on my list of books to read. Another exciting part of Shean's journey is that this book is part of Dave's Discovery series. The way it was explained to me is that this is the first of many that Dave will produce to showcase new talent. You can order her book: HERE.

When starting out as a writer, you dream of getting that phone call or e-mail that says someone will pay you for something you've written. To go from the public on one side of the booth buying books to the other side selling them seems almost impossible. Meeting Shean last week proves it can happen. You have to work hard and not give up. Many people work hard and never give up and it just doesn't happen to them. Of course, it will never happen if you don't write the book in the first place.

Well done, Shean! It's great to see someone hit the jackpot!

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