Hello gentle reader,
I have been writing for 15 years but to me 2012 was the year I became a writer. Here is how it happened…
January: I am sitting on top of a pile of unpublished manuscripts in a castle in England, when my friends and family unwittingly suggest “Why don’t you try and get one of those published?” and I say, well, why not?
February: I read several books about getting published. I have a hunch this won’t be easy. I decide on focusing on my YA High Fantasy THE LAST QUEEN.
March: I start my blog. To my surprise, people other than my father follow it.
April: I attend the London Book Fair. I realise there are many would-be-published writers out there and this “get a book published” endeavour might not be as easy as I thought. I decide nothing can stop me now. I start the “A Round of Words in 80 Days” writing challenge.
May: I send a query to 3 agents, get 1 request, then a final rejection. I decide it’s time I take this
vampire writing thing seriously.
June: I join in JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month) and find out writing a book in a month is not for me. I decide this sort of challenge can’t be for everyone.
July: I take part in the Hookers and Hangers Blogfest (hosted by Falling For Fiction) and I post the first and last lines of THE LAST QUEEN on my blog. I get good feedback as well as a record number of comments, and I connect with many awesome people.
August: 3 words: Write On Con. More critiques, more awesome people, more connections, more motivation.
September: my blog is 6 months old and for some reason it is taking off.
October: with the help of some wonderful CPs and beta readers (especially Aimee L. Salter and Jessica Montgomery) I revise THE LAST QUEEN in depth. I have conversations with people about my MC Elian as if he were a real person. He thinks it’s odd too.
November: I start querying THE LAST QUEEN, for good this time. I send out ten queries and get a full request within one week.
December: everyone is on holidays, including the agents I queried. I am sitting in a castle in England and working on a new manuscript. I have writerly friends on Twitter, Facebook, There And Draft Again, and my blog. Life is good.
That’s it for me in 2012! How was your year? Leave me a comment below and have a fun New Year’s Eve tonight!
See you next year…