I started this blog to share an aspiring author’s journey into publishing. My hopes, my doubts but also the very real steps I undertook in order to fulfill my dream : seeing my novel published. First draft, rewrites, hiring a copy editor, developing a presence on social medias, querying agents are all essential parts of the publishing process. So are rejections – unpleasant but unavoidable. And then if you’re lucky like me, you’ll find a home for your book.
Today I am happy and proud to announce that I have signed a publishing contract for A Cunning Plan last Friday. The kind people at Crooked Cat Books have adopted my novel and are planning to release it as early as 2016 ! Knock on wood, in less than a few months my dream will, in fact, come true.
Just a few months ago, I posted my first blog entry, A place for hope. My adventures so far have been deserving of the title, and I’m ever so grateful. So here’s a list of the things I want to give thanks for at this stage of my budding career.
1. Gotham Writers Workshop : A great online writing class. My first readers, whose kind insightful criticisms have helped shaping the first chapters of A Cunning Plan. Without your positive feedback, I probably would have dropped the book in its early stage. Many thanks to Mike Harvkey, my teacher, for his encouragements and for believing in Sloane, my heroine.
2. Twitter : I already dedicated a blog post to my experience on Twitter – my early misconceptions, the things I learned. Here I want to thank all the amazing people I’ve met on Twitter and express how much their support and kindness have helped me. You wonderful authors, bloggers, you’ve made me believe in myself as an author. Your tweets and messages have put a smile on my face when I was feeling down, have motivated me to forge ahead when I was loosing courage. Bernadette, Kim, Geophf, Austin and so many others, you’re as true a friend as people in my every day life. #1lineWed talents, you inspire me and make Wednesday a truly special day. Thank you.
3. Beta readers : I’m grateful to my cousin, brilliant author Olivia Wildenstein, and my patient mother for reading A Cunning Plan’s early version and providing feedback. Thank you for sitting through endless rounds of questions about the book and having the courage to tell me what didn’t work.
4. Copy editing : Thank you to Erin Brown, my wonderful copy editor and her invaluable corrections. Also to my cousin, Vanessa Marinopoulos, for her later edits.
5. Querying: I’m actually grateful for the rejections. Or rather for the kind agents who took the time to answer me as opposed to the cold radio silence. Even standard rejections are an improvement compared to the absence of an answer. They come with a sense of closure. Time to move on.
6. Ebook revolution: I’m grateful for the changes in the publishing industry. Just a few years ago, my publisher didn’t exist. Outside of the big publishing houses, it was a no man land. Today we see the emergence of many indie publishers like Crooked Cat. Without the ebook revolution, this publishing deal of mine would still be only a dream.
7. Crooked Cat Books : Last but not least, I’m obviously beyond grateful to Crooked Cat and the faith they’ve put in my novel. You’re making my dream come true. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.