In most ways, I am my father’s child. He gave me his face, his body type, his stubborn ferocity, a deep passion for music, and a SFF tv habit. From the very beginning, I was a mini-dad, storming through life for better or worse. But as a reader, I was raised my my mom. She took me to the library and let me check out as many books as I could carry, though it was her books at home that I read over and over again. She brought me up on books from her own childhood like the Judy Bolton mysteries and the Maida series, but also Zenna Henderson and Ray Bradbury—with a dash of Vonnegut and C.S. Lewis on the side. My mom is the kind of reader whose need to savor the journey outweighs all else; she routinely flips to the back of the book to make sure things turn out okay so that she can relax and enjoy the story. So it’s for her that I’ll begin this post by stating its happy conclusion up front:
It’s been a month since I wrote this post about my publishing journey, and since a couple of milestones have passed since then, I thought it was time for an update.
PitchWars mentees were announced!
I was not chosen for PitchWars, and yet that process turned out to be an enormous influence on my next steps forward. I’ll explain, but first, let’s go back and talk a bit about my experience, now that the dust has cleared. [Read more…]
I haven’t written here much about my publishing journey, partly because the conventional wisdom is that one shouldn’t, but I actually passed the one-year anniversary of my very first query sent a little over a week ago, and I’ve been having a lot of feelings regarding the process, my successes and failures, and what I’ve learned from all of it so far.
First, I should probably mention that I used to be a professional singer/actor, which means I’m really skilled at handling rejection on a massive scale. I feel like this is important to mention, because I think the querying process can be really shocking and painful for a lot of writers who are experiencing serial rejection for the first time, and I don’t want to make light of that. It’s just not a huge issue for me. So if you’re a fellow writer, and you’re having more trouble dealing with rejection than I have, please do not feel bad. I’ve had a lot of practice. [Read more…]