Yes, I'm racing against the clock today! Seems like I'm doing a lot of that, lately.
When I look back, I realize I was pitted against the clock for years while trying to get published. Interestingly, I never realized how long it took me until I finally got there. That's because I wasn't watching every second tick away like I am now. And I think maybe that saved me.
I promised a peek into my publishing jouney last week, for those of you out there still racing Father Time to get your novel written, an agent to take notice, or a publisher to sign you. I'm hoping that by seeing how much time and how many books it took me, you will be encouraged, your determination renewed, and you'll move forward without ever looking back. Because the best way to embrace your future is to leave the past behind and stop looking at that blasted clock. ;)
My Publishing Timeline:
• March 2006 started querying my first novel. After 100 or more rejections, trunked it and wrote two more books.
• July 2007, started querying my third novel and worked on the forth one while it was out.
• May 2008, signed w/my first agent on my fourth novel. She submitted the novel for one and a half years while I finished books five and six, which she turned down for being too fantastical.
• December 2010, left Agent One after she wanted me to take the fantasy out of my seventh book, Splintered, my YA Alice in Wonderland spinoff. Started querying new agents immediately.
• February 2011, signed with my present agent (aka, Agent Goddess) who loved the fantasy in Splintered.
• August 2011, went to auction and signed with Amulet.
Okay, you'll notice I left out one very important date. When did Agent G and I start sending out Splintered and how long did it take/how many passes did I get before I got my yes(es)? Sorry, that's top secret info, and will be revealed at a later date (I'll do a special post sometime after Splintered comes out relaying those deets)... Gotta have something to make you come back. :)
I also promised I'd have news today about some upcoming changes on my blog. Over the few weeks I'm going to be converting this blog into an author website. I've seen a lot of authors go this route lately, and yes, I could've hired someone to make a fancy website, but I like the freedom of changing / adding text and pictures as I'm so inspired, without having to wait for a busy web designer to do it for me. I can post news and appearances myself while they're still current and relevant.
Honestly, I guess it all boils down to me being a control freak. HEH.
So things will be quiet here for a bit, but you may be seeing gradual changes as the site falls into place. I'll have a different background and theme to better represent all of my writing. And, I'll have a HUGE giveaway over here to celebrate once I'm done.
A signed Splintered 18x24" poster like this one will be up for grabs:
|This one is mine, and hangs on my office wall. Pardon the glare from my camera's flash. ;)|
Along with this 8-1/2 x 11" title page from one of my original galleys (also signed):
And of course some awesome Alice stuff and Splintered swag. So be sure and visit during my website's launching to get entered in the giveaway!
Changes are a brewin' here in the land of madness. Hope you'll stop by to be a part of them!