We're fortunate to have Rolf Hitzer share the experience of writing his first novel and bringing his novel to market.
Every night I made an appointment with myself to write for two hours. This precious time out of my day was dedicated to pen my first novel, Hoodoo Sea. After being at work all day, and after dinner, there were many nights where it was a challenge to stay motivated, or maintain the mental stamina needed to write the book. However, I stayed true to myself and persevered.
The idea that spawned, Hoodoo Sea, came by accident. One evening I was home alone and bored. I began to channel surf and nothing seemed to hold my interest. I stumbled upon the Discovery Channel and the documentary on held my attention for a few seconds. Hooked, I watched the program and the concept for the book began to formulate.
When the first draft for, Hoodoo Sea, was completed, my wife dedicated her weekend to read the manuscript. Originally the novel had been written as a keepsake for our children, my spouse insisted I send my work out to a literary agent.
Thirty days after I had signed a contract, I had to contact my agent to put their efforts on hold. I had accompanied my mom to the doctor’s office where we were given devastating news. My time was now needed to be at my mother’s side.
My contract had been expired for months when the call came from my agent out of the blue. She had been contacted by one of the fifteen publishers that had seen my manuscript and they expressed interest to publish my book. I honestly feel lucky to have the novel published as I had held my agent back from doing her job properly on my behalf.
About the Author:
Rolf Hitzer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1959 and raised by his parents, Erna and Julius Hitzer. Rolf is married to his wife Irma since 1997. Together they have a wonderful blended family with Rita and Clark Bodoano and Grand children, Alexandria, Patrick and Braeden. Jason and Leah Tutlies, and Grandson Easton. Mandel Hitzer, and the youngest Jessica Hitzer.
Rolf is a Member of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, The Manitoba Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. He is currently working on his second novel.