RB: What to Expect, Part V: Timeline . . . so far

I started shopping Fallen Redemption around in September 2012. It was my sixth novel. I was well used to rejection already. My normal strategy was to query an agent or a publisher, wait until they responded then send it on to someone new. This worked well until I was knee deep in excitement over my new story (normally four – six months later). I also would realize that my writing had improved a bit and shouldn’t I just wait until this new book was finished to find a publisher or agent? So I only sent out my previous five novels, at the very most, to eight different places. Not very persistent, I know. My plan for Fallen Redemption was different: I would send it out to three different agents and/or publishers a week. I was extremely diligent (for the most part) and followed this system until Soul Mate Publishing expressed their interest. Continue reading

RB: What to Expect, Part I

A door has followed me around the past fourteen years. It’s pretty. A nice, cherry oak with a gold (seriously, a gold) door knob. When I accepted a publishing contract it swung wide open and beckoned me inside. At first I was in shock. It’d been sitting there closed for so long that dust had collected on the handle. Every once in a while, I’d see light shining underneath it. It looked like a party was happening on the other side. Of course, back then I was never invited. After my initial reaction of seeing the expanse of possibilities within reach, I had a quick stab of fear. For one brief moment I wished that the door had been New York City apartment locked. Not so that is wouldn’t eventually open, but so that it wouldn’t open so quickly.  My fear was soon replaced with excitement and I ran through, expecting it would shut before I could reach it.

Ella mentioned a few times that I should write a post on what to expect after you sign a contract, or go through your door. She doesn’t know Google as well as I do. 😉 I expect that the process varies within each publishing house, but this is what’s happening at mine.

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