I’ve not been blogging as I should and for that I apologize. It’s been crazy busy for me the past few months but I’ve got amazing news to share. If you’ve been following me at all you know what a journey the last twelve months have been: the struggle through rejections and the joys of a mentorship. Years of writing under my belt but a lack of serious craft work and knowledge about the industry held me back from realizing my ultimate goal of publication. Entire novels completed, weighing down my hard drive and my heart, but a burning desire to get my stories out so others could read what my characters had to say.
I’ve had to wade through an insanely busy life, limited time to dedicate to my writing and my own insecurities. I grabbed the bull by the horns in March of this year and went through a three-month mentorship with an amazing wordsmith, David Bridger. I finally decided that in order to be better and achieve success I had to work for it, get dirty with it, wallow in it until it was all I knew. And I’m so very excited to tell you that all the hard work has paid off.
If you’ve read any of my Six Sentence Sunday posts you are familiar with Retrieval. This novel is the third one I completed and it was the heaviest. David and I used this work for the Mentor Program on Romance Divas. I pared her (yes, I qualify my manuscripts–this one was a ‘she’–trust me) down, poured everything I was into her, took the good and made it better, and got rid of the rest. Sometimes it was easy. Sometimes it was hardest thing I think I’ve ever done. A definite labor of love, I had an amazing group of friends and family and an out of this world author standing behind me, cheering me on and alternately giving me what-for when I fell short.
And all that labor has produced a novel I’m proud of: Retrieval. So you’re maybe thinking, ‘Hey, that’s great. But what’s the news?’ and I won’t delay any longer in shouting it out…
See the banner at the top of this post? Yes–Liquid Silver Books. I am so freaking happy to announce that I have contracted with this amazing publisher for my debut novel, Retrieval. Finally, this story is going to float free of my hard drive and hopefully reach millions and millions of readers (too much? LOL) or at least hundreds and hundreds. I am going to be a published author. My initial goal is reached, but hold on…I’ve got so much more coming, there’s quite a few more stories on this hard drive and in my head. And I hope you take the ride for every single one with me.
Thank you to everyone who pushed me, prodded me and gave me encouragement. Griff, David, Linda, Sophia, Team Awesome, Donna, my three girls and everyone else who took time out for a newbie. Without you and your support, I’d still be mourning how heavy my damn laptop was. You all rock and I hope someday I get to return the favor, or at the very least, pay it forward.
And thank you to Liquid Silver Books for recognizing my heart and giving her a place to call home. Georgia Woods may have hung the sun and Jennifer Hassani followed her with the moon. You ladies kick arse, yes you do.
I’ll be posting more frequently, giving you some snippets and showing off all the things that are going to make this book kick ass. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll talk to you soon!