I must admit that I’m still getting used to being a contracted author. <still pinching myself…just not too hard. lol.> It’s hard to believe but that at this point last year I had a partial in my-now-editor’s slush pile and I’d just submitted my entry in the 2011 Harlequin’s ”So You Think You Can Write” Contest. There was no signs of being published in my horizon. I had absolutely no clue what 2012 had in store for me as 2011 had been quite a struggle and really tested my stick-to-it-ness.
Fast-forward to October 18, 2012 @ 8:30 a.m. this is when my wonderful editor called to say they wanted to buy my book (not my slush submission or my SYTYCW entry but a brand new one I’d just written). If you recall hearing a scream, it was me. LOL. Lots of happy screaming, happy dancing and grinning was going on that day. Take it from me, dreams really do come true—just cling tight to them and keep working at it. You’ll get there.
Since I got “The Call” life has moved in hyper-mode. I have sooo much to do—things to learn that I had no idea about before and things I’d been putting off until after I got “The Call.” I’d love to tell you that I have it all figured out and organized, but alas I’m scrambling to get everything in place before my debut in July. I honestly did not know that aside from the writing that there was so much writing related work to do.
My priority right now is to provide my editor with a stellar proposal for book #3. <bites nails> I actually have a couple of story ideas in mind, but after chatting with my editor, I know one of them needs some revisions and then we’ll see.
When I’m not writing I’m working on getting my website redesigned with all of the bells and whistles that I’m currently lacking. I’m so excited about this.
I’m also trying to stay active in various online social networks. I’ve met so many wonderful people and I really love chatting with everyone. If only there were more hours in the day just think of all of the chatting I could do. :-D
At this point, I’m also facing a steep learning curve about marketing/promo. What promo items to order??? To blog tour??? Or not to blog tour??? Host a Facebook launch party??? The avenues for promotion seem endless but with a budget to consider and only so many hours in a day, I’m going to have to do some serious thinking. In the end, hopefully 2013 will have taught me what to do and not to do. <fingers crossed>
In between all of this, I’m expecting my first set of AA’s (author alliterations). I’m so excited to see my story after the copy editor has reviewed the manuscript. It’ll be the last time I see my book before it heads off to production. <squee>
As you can tell, I’ll have lots of firsts this year. And I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share it with you. I hope you’ll stop be each month and find out what I’ve been up to. It’s going to be a fast paced, amazing year.
Is there anything in particular about the journey to seeing my first book on the store shelves that you’d be interested in hearing about in future columns? If so, let me know. I’ll make notes about it when I get to that stage.
Jennifer Faye is hard at work on her 3rd Harlequin Romance. Her debut, RANCHER TO THE RESCUE, will be out this July in the