What you will find is a post from a newly-contracted author who’s just experienced one of the most amazing weeks of her life. It ranks up there with marrying Gwynly, getting my bachelor’s degree after eleven years of study, moving to Germany, and the birth of the Fashion Queen.
One of the best parts of the whole week was sharing my excitement with you, my awesome friends. I’ve been blown away by the deluge of congratulatory messages on my blog and Facebook and those received via tweets on Twitter, personal email, and even snail mail. I’m beyond grateful.
As amazing as the past seven days have been, I’ve begun my return flight from the outer reaches of the stratosphere. Not to worry. Mine isn’t an asteroid-heading-for-earth-ready-to-make-a-serious-dent-in-its-surface descent. Think instead of a feather floating to the ground with gentle twirls and swirls as it encounters updrafts en route to its destination.
A New Focus
I’ve done a great deal of thinking about the future in terms of my writing career and my blogging efforts, and I’ve made some decisions. One thing I know from interviewing over a hundred debut authors is that life changes after the first contact is signed. I’ve embarked on a new course of study as I learn the business side of the publishing world.
When I examined my blogging efforts to this point, I realized I’m all about the journey and doing whatever I can to help you on yours. When I thought about the type of posts I’m drawn to, I narrowed it down to two: posts on craft and posts on the writing life. I can teach craft and might have craft-related posts at times, but I consider posts on the writing life more suited to me and my style.
A New Plan
When I share the news of my contract with my non-writer friends, many of them were shocked to learn that it might be eighteen months before my book will be available. I gave them a condensed version of the process my book and I will go through before I hold it in my hands for the first time. I couldn’t give them more than that because, quite frankly, I don’t know everything that will take place.
Being a detailed person who has a love affair with lists, I feel a bit a loose ends right now. I wish I had a time line to follow with every step presented in sequence. While there are books and blogs about the basics, I have a desire to know the little stuff, too.
My plan is to share my writing journey with you so you can see the process as I go from contract to release date. At first I was hesitant to do so. After all, I’ve read many blog posts saying that talking about ourselves on our blogs can be boring. I’ve taken that into consideration, but I reminded myself that I couldn’t get enough of the posts that took me through a writer’s journey to publication. My thinking is that I’m not alone and that you might find it interesting to see the process from the eyes of someone going through it for the first time.
My plan at this point is to publish posts Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If I find that schedule to be overly ambitious, considering the fact that I will have publishing deadlines and will also be posting on my other blog, Romance Writers on the Journey, twice a week, I might have to cut back to two days a week here.
I’d like to enlist your help as I embark on my plan. While I will be using my journey from contract to release as an example, I don’t want my posts to be all about me. I want them to be of help to you. And I most certainly want to make them fun to read.
So, I invite you to give me feedback. If I discuss an aspect of my process you’d like to hear more about, let me know. If you have questions, share them in a comment or shoot me an email. (My address is in the sidebar.) And if you find my posts to be as exciting as belly button lint, by all means tell me. I don’t want my blog to be known as a great place to visit if you’re suffering from insomnia.
* * *
What aspects of the publishing process are you most interested in?
Join me Wednesday when I share my book’s tentative title.