Welcome to the second installment of my “path to published.” If you missed part one, you can find it here. I talk about brainstorming, drafting for a full year, collaborating with others, querying too soon, and one Big Bad Temptation.
To summarize, I started drafting in November 2013, and we pick up here in fall 2015, right after I turned down an offer from a new indie publisher.
5. Repeat steps 2 (revising) and 3 (querying) FOREVER
After not signing that first publishing contract, I didn’t give up! I continued revising my manuscript and strategically sending it out to agents. My writing style evolved and strengthened (I think) and my story got sharper. At one point, th...
Having released my debut novel a little over a month ago, the question I’ve been receiving most often (besides, what’s your book about?) is, how did you do it?!
Below I share an overview of this four-year process from drafting through publication. Every journey to publication is different, and since I’ve been inspired by so many pub stories along the way, maybe this will inspire someone else who doesn’t think it’s possible.
1) Brainstorming, drafting and revising in stolen moments
In November of 2013 my love of reading Young Adult fiction finally tipped me over the edge to try writing it. Besides some tales I wrote when I was about 12 years old, I hadn’t written...
As another year ends, I join many of you in reflecting on the year passed and scheming about the year ahead. 2017 was a doozy of a year in so many ways, but I’ve found a lot to be extremely thankful for. I think it helps to focus on the positive, so I made lists, of course!
My top three creative accomplishments of the year:
3) Started and finished a first draft of a manuscript that I love—my sister story!
2) Directed two plays that I was super proud of. Stories that I was honored to tell, with fantastic collaborators.