Some of the most common questions I am asked about my writing have to do with how I got published. (How long did it take? Did you write a query letter? Do you have an agent/editor?) It’s sort of a long and winding journey, but an important one that’s shaped my life, so being the writerly type it occurred to me that perhaps I should post it up on the blog.

Without further ado I present you with my road to publication (in 3 acts, because like I said, it’s sort of a long and winding journey).

Act I: Confusion

I’m always completely and utterly overjoyed when I hear things like, “I sent out a couple query letters and had an agent by the end of the month,” or “I was on submission for about a week before my manuscript went to auction.” This happened to a close friend of mine, and the only thing that stopped me from jumping over the table and strangling her was the instant onset of depression which immediately immobilized my limbs. Also, jail the fact that we are friends.

Now, I consider myself a pretty grounded person, but I’m human, and that sometimes means my eyes turn green and my nails grow razor sharp and I snarl. But then I remember that I’ve come a long, long way, and that there have been lots of chances to give up, and I haven’t. I’m proud of that. So, I’m not going to make this a bitchfest about how hard it was for me, but rather a message of hope. If you want something bad enough, don’t let it go.

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Published on June 05, 2012 09:15 • 121 views • Tags: publication

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