What a Difference a Year Makes

A year and a half ago, I finished my first manuscript and started researching like crazy how to submit to publishers. Man, talk about green. I’d never heard of a critique partner, didn’t know anything about pacing and forget GMC. As far as I knew, that was the brand of a car and nothing else. Like the newbie I was I submitted to agents and editors with a query letter (another thing I didn’t know anything about, but luckily there were examples online). Still, I can only imagine the eye rolls happening as agents and editors were reading what I wrote.

Well, fast forward a few months and I joined RWA and went to my first national conference. It was the best thing I ever did for my career. Jumping on the excitement train, I joined YARWA and busted my tail revising and writing, writing and revising. I had caught the bug.

Let’s fast forward to spring of 2014 – or rather this year – I got “the call” – okay, I got an email, but trust me, when it’s from and editor that says they want to see the full, the enthusiasm is the same.

I did what I was supposed to do and sent it in, after I keeled over, called my mom and tracked down my husband to squeal, obviously. Expecting to be waiting to hear back for months I tried to focus on the manuscript I was currently working and did okay with that, but you know what? It didn’t take months. In a super short amount of time they were offering me a contract. Me!?! I still can’t believe it.

So now that I’ve stopped celebrating-ish, I’m back to work and learning the business side of what it means to have a book published, but we’ll get to that another week. The moral of this story? Stick with it. You never know when someone will ask for a full and then make your dream of becoming a writer come true.

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