This is my first blog entry! The very first! I feel I should take a moment, celebrate, or just quietly reflect. Sure, everybody has a blog these days, but I only have one because I finally got my first book published! Woo-hoo! And like every other writer on the planet, I want to talk a little about getting published. I know, I know, but I’ll try to keep it interesting and peppered with wisdom.
When your book finally gets accepted for publication, you’re overjoyed. Those eight years you spent polishing and perfecting your manuscript weren’t wasted after all. All those emails from agents telling you that you’re a good writer but they just don’t “love” your story; you can give them the proverbial middle finger. Someone liked your story! Someone thinks you’re talented!
Rocking Horse Publishing contacted me in January 2014 with a contract offer. To say I was elated was an understatement. I quickly signed on the dotted line and got started. The honest truth is as hard as writing my first book was, the real work begins once someone actually wants to publish your work. You have to make social media connections, start learning about marketing, research your audience, etc. The list goes on and on and it never ends.
But it’s all worth it. My debut YA fantasy novel, “The Other Inheritance,” launched on November 14, and I have never been so proud or scared in my life. I hope you love the book as much as I loved writing it. And if you’re a writer, remember this, persistence is the key to success. That and a good editor. Don’t give up on your dreams and keep writing!