“Women, 61, Gives Birth to Own Grandchild” read the headlines in the Chicago Tribune. This is the subject of Sara Connell’s memoir, Bringing In Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story which was nominated for Elle Magazine’s 2012 Book of the Year.
In this audio interview, Sara shares more of her journey as a writer and some behind the scenes glances into her first traditional book deal with Seal Press.
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A self-proclaimed “closeted writer” for years, she talks about the break that lead to her first byline and how both her journey to motherhood and personal growth work in her 20’s helped her follow her dream of being a writer.
“I had all these conditions that had to be there for me to write. I have to be inspired, to be in the mood, to have not had an argument with someone.” Her tip for those that dream of writing? “It will be there. Just show up to the page and go for it!”
“That experience taught me to have a discipline to be able to delay instant gratification and go for something that’s a bigger picture…to let something have a process…to focus on my part instead of the outcome.”
Sara’s next book project is a novel with some magical elements. Though determined to publish traditionally for her first book, she’s changed her thoughts about self-publishing, and shares tips for aspiring writers on listening to their inner voice.
“I think now we have as many opportunities with
some really quality, high-level people in both worlds.”
~ Sara Connell on self-publishing
“I’ve seen so many wonderful people who have been in traditional publishing now become editors and publishers of hybrid presses and are working with people around self-publishing. It’s less about the quality and even sometimes the prestige. It’s more about what is important to you as a writer. I no longer think one is necessarily better than the other.”
She also reminds us that “books get published in all sorts of ways.” Sara completed an in-depth 90-page proposal for her fist memoir which ended up not being published. It took just a three-page letter for her agent, Joy Tutela, to secure the deal for Bringing in Finn. Turns out the publisher remembered her writing and hard work on the previous proposal and that was enough to sell them on this project. “As a writer, nothing is wasted.”
“As a writer, nothing is wasted.”
With a busy toddler and all of her other commitments, Sara schedules her writing time each week and will write in her office, on her bedroom floor and even in her car outside of preschool. “Writing is at the top of my priorities after family. The more I write, the more I submit, the more I publish, the better I get.”
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Sara has a thriving private coaching practice in Chicago and is in demand as a speaker and contributor to national magazines. To find out more about Sara, visit her website at www.SaraConnell.com, via Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.