Monday, December 14, 2009

December blog chain

This month's AW blog chain: 2009 wrap-up. David Zahir went before me. Check him out, see how his year went.

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2009 has been a year that's gone by incredibly fast for me. Unbelievably fast. I've been wondering where it's gone, puzzled by how each month has just disappeared. If I was the type of person to actually set goals, I'm not sure if I'd have accomplished them or not. That's just how time disappeared on me.

I survived depression and illness, though nothing was ever too bad. It just felt like it at the time. It affected my writing, but enough good things happened anyway that I can't consider it a detriment.

Absolute Write has been a fantastic place to hang out. I've made acquaintances with some really nifty people. I've learned a lot about writing, and recognized flaws in my own work that I wouldn't have otherwise. I still don't really put my stuff up for critiquing, though reading other posts has taught me.

Because CR Ward has her own serial blog, I decided to do that too. It's an interesting challenge that I'm having a lot of fun with. It's something I can always fall back on when I'm just feeling dried up of ideas.

This year was also when I started submitting my novel, All Hallows Blood, way back in March. I'm not a patient person, so while time was flying, it always felt like I should have had a response back from the publisher. But only a few weeks had passed, out of a listed 12 week wait time. Blech!

Half the year was easily taken up between waiting for two publishers. I knew responses could take a while, but I'd never actually conceptualized it, understood quite what it meant. I had to just mark the submission date on my calendar, and try to forget about it. I was driving myself crazy otherwise.

Two declines, one complete lack of answer, and I was a little depressed, but I was determined to go on. I had my nominal sister-in-law read through my manuscript, and from her suggestions, I went on a massive re-write. Probably a third of a 76k word manuscript was redone. It was fun, and shocking to see all the little things I'd done wrong. Like filtering my characters senses, rather than bringing the reader right in. And overuse of a few descriptors. And too much wussiness.

So, with a re-polished manuscript, I sent it in to Crescent Moon Press, and expected the response to take all the way to the end of their listed response time. Instead, two days later, I got an email requesting the first chapter, and then an offer two days after that.

In the span of one week, on my fourth submission, I landed the awesome Published Author. I'm still ecstatic, and that was a month ago.

On top of getting published, I finished and started polishing the second book in my series, and I finished the first draft of the third book. I ground out the third book's draft in probably six weeks, because I really liked the darkness and fun I got to have with my character. Haven't even started those rewrites.



Well, instead of a concise wrap-up of 2009, I rambled on about my success story. It's still in my mind, and one of the best things about this year. I hope everyone had a memorable 2009, and that 2010 is an even better year.

Don't forget to stop by Ralph Pines, who just so happens to be up next.



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Looky looky, the usual suspects:
Lost Wanderer - http://www.lostwanderer5.blogspot.com
Claire Crossdale - http://theromanticqueryletter.blogspot.com/
coryleslie - http://corrinejackson.wordpress.com/
bsolah - http://benjaminsolah.com/blog
DavidZahir - http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/
RavenCorinnCarluk - http://ravencorinncarluk.blogspot.com
Ralph Pines - http://ralfast.wordpress.com/
shethinkstoomuch - http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com
Lady Cat - http://www.randomwriterlythoughts.blogspot.com
truelyana - http://expressiveworld.com
misaditas - http://misaditas-novels.blogspot.com/
collectonian - http://collectonian.livejournal.com
laharrison - http://lesleyharrison.wordpress.com/
beawhiz - http://beawrites.wordpress.com
razibahmed - http://www.blogging37.com
FreshHell - http://freshhell.wordpress.com
AlissaC - http://alissacarleton.blogspot.com
Aimee - http://writing.aimeelaine.com

14 comments:

  1. Well, that is a happy ending to 2009! Congratulations!

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  2. Felicitation Sweetheart, I'm so very happy for you. 'Published author' is big. Its what most of us are hoping for so this is just the thing to offer some encouragement at the end of 09. Your good-fortune is brilliant for morale, kind-of-a-first-you-then-me sort of thing.
    A Happy Successful 2010 to you and yours Raven.
    Hugs,
    Claire.

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  3. Congratulations! What an excellent way to end 2009.

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  4. That is a fantastic wrap up! You deserve every congratulations offered for such a success! What amazing fortitude! I hope it continues for you for years to come! :)

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  5. That is a wonderful wrap up to share. I'm ectastic for you, that you have gone through these experiences only to bring you closer to what you'd like to achieve, and a publication is truly a new way in. Many exciting new experiences for you in the New Year and a very happy seasons greetings to you.

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  6. Congrats on all the success in 2009! It sounds like you had a really fulfilling year!

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  7. Congratulations on such an awesome year! You have an amazing imagination and I love your writing. I predict 2010 will be even better for you. :-)

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  8. And what a success story it is! Congratulations. And this just shows us the importance of a good edit and polish. A toast to successful 2010

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  9. Thanks so much everyone. I'm happy to be with people who understand the struggle, and who will also know the joy. If they don't already.

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  10. How lovely! An unambiguous piece of good news to wrap up the year! Yay!

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  11. Congratulations!! How exciting! It's awesome that you have a great sister-in-law who inspires a publication-winning edit, too.

    I totally understand your struggle with depression, and I hope 2010 is depression-free. Thanks for sharing such a positive and uplifting success story.

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  12. Congratulations on getting published. It a very big thing in the life of anyone who dreams to be a professional writer

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  13. Absolutely fantastic! It's good to hear some great news this time of year. Good luck in 2010!

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  14. Somehow my comment didn't show. Great year all around and good luck with your writing. May 2010 be the start of a wonderful decade.

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