March 2019 Archive

Publishing News & My Writing Journey

On March 16th, nearly two weeks ago, I wrote a thread on twitter about my writing journey. Here’s the thread summed up in this tweet:

This past month, I drafted the outline for what will be my 15th book

and

I have yet to be published. Truthfully, I don’t know if I ever will be.

Two days later. TWO DAYS LATER. My incredible, never-surrender agent called with the news that Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky was offering us a two-book deal for my Middle Grade fantasy THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN.

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For the past ten years, I’ve pushed myself to be the best writer I could be, always searching out ways to grow in my craft. But more importantly, when the health of my mental space has allowed it, I’ve searched for ways to help other writers grow in their craft and grow in their confidence. Part of this is because I genuinely enjoy teaching others. I center myself in kindness and in the importance of fully explaining skills to help writers, and it fills up my own creativity well. But, the other part of this is that helping others has always been a way to keep myself from feeling as if I’ve failed in my own personal writing.

Of course, this is one of the lies that the brain tells.

Publishing is a beast and publishing a novel is incredibly difficult. There’s no failure in any part of this if you’re not published quickly. I’ve always known this, but knowing and feeling are two very different things.

So, I’ve worked. I’ve written. I’ve learned and grown and taken risks in my own writing. And here we are, ten years later, with the most beautiful, incredible news I so often never let myself imagine.

Announcement

While writing can be lonely, it’s rarely done without the support of others. Family and friends and critique partners and the writing community online and Pitch Wars…Thank you to everyone who’s played a part in this moment.