I spent a half a year in the pre-writing, or discovery, stage of Fallen Redemption before opening Word and typing those wonderful and slight anxiety-inducing words: Chapter One. Those months, which I then considered wasted writing time, was the best thing I could have done for my story. I learned so much about my hero and heroine and the world they lived in that when I was ready the words flowed easily onto the page. Continue reading
READING: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare
LISTENING: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
I’m a little over a week away from my first book coming out and I’m still receiving rejection letters from publishers I submitted to last year.
Why do I feel let down with each letter? Why do they have the power to affect me? Continue reading
“I am a writer.”
Those are the words I shout in my head when someone asks me what I do for a living. What actually comes out of my mouth is completely different. Continue reading
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
My wedding photographer thought I was joking when I told her to take as few pictures of me as possible. I was not.
My initial response when SMP spoke of an optional author photo was: YES! It’s totally optional! Then I started thinking . . .
I enjoy reading a book and then seeing the author’s face on the back cover. They never look like I imagined. They always seem so normal, not untouchable movie star glamorous. After receiving rejection after rejection, it was nice to remember that being normal wasn’t going to stop my success.
Now that I have the option of a back cover photo, shouldn’t I try to uplift someone else’s spirits? Continue reading
Last week I received my first round of edits from SMP. I took the day off from my regular job on Friday and spent a long weekend on revisions. It was an emotional three days with many, many thoughts of why the hell did SMP pick my novel for publication? It completely and totally sucks. Continue reading
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.