Guest Post by Michele Pariza Wacek & Giveaway: The Stolen Twin

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Guest Post by Michele Pariza Wacek & Giveaway: The Stolen Twin

Guest Post by Michele Pariza Wacek & Giveaway: The Stolen TwinThe Stolen Twin by Michele Pariza Wacek
Published by Creative Concepts and Copywriting LLC on 11/16/2015
Genres: New Adult, Suspense, psychological thriller
Pages: 324
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Guest Post by Michele Pariza Wacek:


Why it Took Me 10 Years To Publish “The Stolen Twin”


Back in 1998, I quit my job to become a full-time freelance writer/copywriter.

At the time, there were no coaching, masterminding or mentoring programs that taught you how to set up and run a successful business (or, if there were, I didn’t know about them as the Internet was still in its infancy) so I went to the Small Business Association (SBA) and got myself a counselor.

When the counselor learned what my business plans were, he invited a retired freelance writer to come in and give me some tips.

Well, her “tips” turned out to be her trying to talk me out of becoming a freelance writer. For about 45 minutes, the conversation went something like this:

“Being a freelance writer is a really difficult way to earn a living.”

“Okay, what should I do?”

“Can you get your job back?”

“No, I can’t get my job back.”

“Are you sure? It’s really difficult to earn a living as a freelance writer.”

“Yes, I’m sure I can’t get my job back.”

“You could work full-time at your job and on nights and weekends do freelance work until you have enough work to quit.”

“I really can’t get my job back.”

You get the idea. Finally at the end she said “Okay, I guess I can’t talk you out of this so here are a few tips.” And she finally gave me those “tips,” which I dutifully wrote down.

We were getting read to leave when I decided to chime in and tell her “you know, one of the reasons why I’m so excited to become a freelance writer is because then I’ll have time to finally work on my novels.”

She got a look of complete horror on her face and said “Oh my God, NEVER tell anyone you’re working on fiction. You’ll NEVER get any work.”

Now, basically this woman was pretty much dead wrong on everything she told me that day. Even her “tips” were basically worthless. But, for some reason, what she told me about the novels stuck. So, I didn’t talk about my fiction very much, I especially didn’t share about the novel I had written 2002/2003.

If you do have a dream or a creative project that in your heart you know you really want to be working on (what Stephen Covey calls the “important but not urgent”) I’d love for you to take a moment and just breathe into what’s stopping you. You don’t necessarily need to do anything — just take a moment to see what’s keeping you from working on this project.

In my case, I had completely forgotten about this whole exchange until I was getting ready to publish my novel and one of my clients exclaimed “why isn’t it we’ve never heard until now that you’re publishing a novel?”

In other words, something I didn’t even remember kept me stuck.




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About Michele Pariza Wacek

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.

As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.

Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first two psychological thriller/suspense/mystery novels called “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image”) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.

She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie and is hard at work on her next novel.
She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona.

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6 responses to “Guest Post by Michele Pariza Wacek & Giveaway: The Stolen Twin

  1. Ally Swanson

    I enjoyed reading the guest post. This book sounds like an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

    • Hi Ally. Thank you for visiting. Are you also a blogger? If you are, could you please leave me the link. I would love to follow you also. 🙂

  2. Anita Yancey

    Thrillers are my favorite books, and I can’t wait to read this one. I had not heard of this author before now, but will start looking for her books.