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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

The Publishing Roller Coaster

A few days ago I received an email. A request for my manuscript in full to be sent to a publishing house I queried. And then I received another one.

YES!

Am I thrilled? Absolutely.

Do I feel terrified and on the verge of throwing up? Definitely.

I remember the feeling of accomplishment I felt when I completed TIED. Edits, beta readers, and all. It was as if a weight lifted off my shoulders. For about an hour. Maybe.

A few weeks later, I queried my first publisher with shaking hands, and terror replaced accomplishment. Still, I sent it anyway. I had to. All of us writers have to. This whole process is well…part of the process. I think we need to go through it. It makes us a little stronger.

Now, after sending off my baby that I’ve loved and coddled for two years, I have a different sense of accomplishment. One that is mixed with the discomfort of judgement. The word all writers hate. But you know what? It’s a great feeling. It is. Because whether or not they decide to take my book on, they believed enough — and saw enough — to give it further than a glance. And although this could be the only elation I feel in a long run of disappointments — I plan to appreciate it for what it is — THE BEST FEELING I’ve had since I jumped on this roller coaster ride of writing.

I love what I do. And I’m thankful to be doing it. Even more thankful, too, that my betas also love my stories and I’ve been given a small pat on the back by yet another interested party. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. Wish me luck. 😉

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6 responses

  1. A few days ago I received an email. A request for my manuscript in full to be sent to a publishing house I queried.

    Massive congratulations; thats a fantastic achievement. 🙂

    September 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  2. Thanks so much. It’s an amazing feeling.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  3. Way to go! It’s such an exciting step isn’t it?

    September 27, 2012 at 6:31 am

  4. Thank you. 😉 It’s a scary step for sure.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

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