That is crazy! If you had asked me several years ago if this journey would have resulted in three fiction and three nonfiction books, I am not certain I'd have believed you. Yet, here I am.
Like most writers, I live in a state of angst most of the time, measuring my progress by how far I still have to go to achieve my goals. That's silly! So today I wanted to share my journey in the hopes it might inspire me - and you - to stay the course. I have a long way to go still, but wow....I just published my sixth freakin' book!
I started writing with the intent of publishing in May 2008. By August 2008, I had penned my first novel. It was junk. Yep. SERIOUS junk. The rest of my timeline went something like this:
- August 2008 - discover Querytracker and dare to query the bad novel
- Nov 2008 - participate in NaNoWriMo and write the sequel to the bad novel
- Dec 2008 - meet first critique partner, realize HOW BAD the novel and query letter are and stop querying immediately!
- Jan 2009 - Aug. 2009 - rewrite and requery first novel
- June 2009 - Query Emotional Intensity - get lots of interest
- August 2009 - Sign with my first agent
- Nov 2009 - Write Lacrimosa and sell Emotional Intensity
- Dec 2009 - Abandon first novel and work on editing Lacrimosa
- Jan 2010 - Agent decides she may represent Lacrimosa and we work on edits. She was a nonfiction agent only at the time
- Feb 2010 - sell another nonfiction book - 101 Success Secrets
- April 2010 - Agent decides NOT to represent my fiction and I start to query
- April 2010 - Oct 2010 - Query Lacrimosa. Many many requests, no offers.
- Oct 2010 - First Book Released - Emotional Intensity
- Nov 2010 - Jan 2011 - Write Transcend
- Feb 2011 - Stop querying Lacrimosa and work on polishing Transcend
- March 2011 - Second book released - 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
- May 2011 - My agent and I part ways
- May 2011 - Dec 2011 - begin querying Transcend. Even more requests. Still no offers. Book developer takes to acquisitions, but no offers. I call this my "so-close, yet so far" period!
- Nov 2011 - I sell Lacrimosa and its sequels to Compass Press and decide to take a different route for my career
- Jan 2012 - My first short story is released
- Feb 2012 - I sell my third NF
- March 2012 - My first novel is released
- April 2012 - I sell Transcend to Compass Press
- May 2012 - I sell my fourth Nonfiction title
- June 2012 - Another short is released
- Sept 2012 - Transcend is released
- Nov 2012 - Libera Me is released
- Deb 2012 - Anthology released
- Jan 2013 - I decide to take my career to a different place and again pursue an agent. But, I have books on contract that need to be finished first
- April 2013 - Another short is released
- May 2013 - The Girl Guide is released.
Very exciting to see the journey this way, and something I probably should have done a long time ago. It is crazy easy to think you aren't making progress, to compare yourself against others. The truth is, I have done a lot in a pretty short amount of time.
2013 will continue with two more releases (July and Oct) and the start of querying. After crafting the timeline, I can honestly say, I am more excited than ever to see what is in store for the future...
How do you reflect on the past and let it motivate your future??