Today is all about showing gratitude and there are a lot of people I am thankful for being a part of my writing life—readers, bloggers, authors, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, crit partners, and the chupacabra.
There’s one person that I wanted to shine the spotlight on, because if it weren’t for her, I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at today. Sure, I might’ve eventually gotten a book deal, but who really knows? I don’t. So this woman was key in jump-starting my publishing career. She took a chance on me when no one else would.
I started writing Half-Blood in 2007 and didn’t get the gonads until 2009/2010 to go out on submission with it. Hey, you can’t fail if you don’t try, right? I queried about fifty to seventy agents, received a lot of requests for partials and fulls, collected an iceberg size amount of rejections, and got very close to representation offers. Some wanted me to take Half-Blood and make it into an adult book, but I really wasn’t feeling that idea and by the time I decided to shelve the book (i.e. put it away for a while) I’d already written Unchained and was working on Cursed. One day, I entered a query contest on Kate Kaynak’s Disgruntled Bear blog. (Aspiring authors, entering query contests are an EXCELLENT way of getting feedback, btw) I entered the Cursed query, and while I didn’t win, I got awesome feedback. And I also saw that her publishing company, Spencer Hill Press, was open for submissions.
I thought about Half-Blood, sitting all lonely in my computer and decided what the hell. I submitted the query and the first ten pages, expecting a rejection or nothing. There’s a lot of silence in the publishing world. BUT that same night I received a request for the full. I sent it, still not expecting much. BUT about twenty four hours later, I had an offer of publication. That was over three years ago, and I’m still in shock.
Kate took a huge chance on me. I was a debut author, un-rep’d at that time and really had no idea what I was doing, but she did take a chance and because of that, she has my eternal gratitude.
Thank you, Kate!