If you’re wondering why I began this blog, what my books are about, and what I’ve done to get them published, you’re in the right place. If you really don’t care, indulge me anyway.
I began writing my first book, a YA fantasy, while I was waiting at soccer, basketball, or football practices for my oldest son. That’s a lot of time – enough to write an 86,000 word novel. If you’re a parent who has also waited interminable amounts of time at practices, think about what you could do with all that time if you got it back – endless possibilities, right? I’ve been reading all my life, but that was the first time I was able to conceive a beginning, middle, and end of an actual story of my own, so I decided to go with it. During the development of the story, I was forming an image in my mind of what the main character – a 17-year-old male teenager – would look like. I had a pretty good idea, but it was solidified when he walked in my gym one day. Seriously – this guy was exactly who I’d pictured in my head (he looks a lot like the late Brandon Lee). I’d never seen him in the gym before and he gave me a much needed creative boost. I’ve learned a lot in the three years since I’ve written it – including the fact that it needs extensive reworking. Before I realized that valuable piece of information, I sent out numerous queries – and got rejections or no reply at all to every one. Although I knew that was part of the process, I was feeling pretty low one day and asked for a sign that I should continue with this book – or any book. I’m a big believer in signs and things happening for a reason. I was in the gym again that day, looked up, and there was the guy again. I’d never seen him before that first time and I’ve never seen him again since the last, so I took that to be my sign to keep trying. This book has been put on the backburner for the time being – I plan to heavily revise it, but my protagonist for my second book wouldn’t stay quiet, so I had to move on.
My second idea for a book- a YA Horror/Paranormal – came from our cat, if you can believe that. If it ever gets published and you see the name Shadow in the acknowledgements, you’ll know who I mean. This book took less than a year to write and has gone through several revisions, but I’m hopeful. I’ve gotten some good feedback at online critique sites for my query and have sent out a few queries to agents so far, but I’ve only gotten one rejection. No news is good news, right?
So I’ve continued with my journey – taking classes, attending writer’s conferences, getting honest critiques on a couple of writer websites, and taking advantage of some of my son’s friends and girlfriend by asking them to read my books. I’ve also met some wonderfully helpful authors in person and online. You’d be amazed how willing these authors are to take time out of their own busy schedules to make suggestions and give advice to aspiring writers – and they just seem like genuinely nice people. You definitely don’t find that in all industries.
So keep your fingers crossed that I get at least a request for a partial of my book from an agent over the next week – or at least not another rejection letter! If not traditional publishing, there’s always self-publishing, right?