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Confessions and Passions of a Compulsive Writer

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Good News from a Bad Year

I woke up to a whole slew of emails this morning--all with varying degrees of good news. It felt...odd. This has been a very strange year thus far as compared to last year. I'm not sure if at some point I've paid some debt to the universe or what.

Most of the news awaits approval from others and so on. It seems like I *might* be signing more than one contract in the next few weeks--which is exciting. I might have to go buy a new lucky pen to sign them.

(Also knocks on wood)

It does appear like I'm going to have a novella published this upcoming Monday. I can't tell you which...though I'm sure you can guess if you've read any previous posts. Entangled likes to be all sekrity about things so that you're just blown away when the books hit the "stands." (I picture all of you blasted by an unseen wind as you click on links on Monday--tell me if that's the case.)

I did get to see the cover this morning.

I like it.

I like it a lot.

It's weird after all this time. I've been "a writer" for over four years now--agented for two years. I've had four short stories published in anthologies and I loved those experiences, but this will be my first standalone. My experience has seemed like a bunch of contradictions.

Writing is awesome, except when it isn't.

The publishing world moves slow, except when it doesn't.

Last year sucked--except that everything that is now spinning into good news--is from last year. Also, November 2012 was one of the worst months of my life, hands down...except that the hell of all that I went through...the sleepless nights...the stress...generated two novels I'm proud of--two novels that are pretty damn funny--which makes sense because I use humor as a defensive mechanism.

Then, there's you. You might be an old reader of my blog OR you might just be someone who visited my blog to read about a friend stealing an idea from me...and now you care what happens to me.

Life is a weird bunch of contradictions so I guess it's no surprise that the writing life is too.

So...Monday...come here...or see me on Twitter...you're supposed to be blown away by the sheer awesomeness that is *Title Redacted*



  1. I wish I had a contract...or an agent..

    New follower ;)

  2. Now that's no fair! Give us a title!
    I'll be looking for your release from Entangled... :D Glad your year is starting off better than the last one ended.

  3. Congratulations! It sounds fantastic, truly. I can't wait and am so happy for you.

  4. Beth, I have to say neither came easily or quickly. I sent out over a hundred queries to agents and then I've subbed a lot of stuff in the two years I've had an agent. It's kind of a long slog. My agent keeps reminding me the publishing world is a marathon...not a sprint and to have patience, but I'm not a patient person.

    Bethanne, TA-DA! It's in the post above! But just for you. ; )

    Jennifer, thanks...I hope everything works out. *fingers crossed* I'd like to have a good 2013 and it's off to a great start.