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...
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.
I read a lot. About two books a week—I’m at 46 books so far this year (with two in progress). Naturally I come across a lot of fabulous books in my reading, and the next best thing to discovering a wonderful book is sharing that book with others. Or maybe sharing it is the best thing. It’s a really good feeling.
I’ve put together my very top book recommendations from the last two to three years of voracious reading. I’m not including the classics (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and ENDER’S GAME are still closest to my heart)—this is in answer to the “I’m looking for a new book” inquiries.
You’ll notice most of this list is YA (“Young Adult”) titles. Yup. I love storytelling most...