My New Years resolution for 2013 was to write a novel and get it published. I started writing my original novel in earnest, making pretty good progress during the first couple of months but then I lost my focus and let it fall by the wayside.
By the beginning of November of 2013 I had roughly 14,000 words, which was a far cry from the 60,000 words I needed in order for my work to be considered a novel, so I signed up to do NaNoWriMo. This was exactly the kick in the pants that I needed. By the end of the month, I had 45,014 words.
When 2013 drew to a close I didn’t have the rough draft finished, but I was pretty close so my New Years resolution was carried over into 2014. By the end of February, I had my rough draft completed, but I still had a long way to go.
I sent my novel to some friends, who helped me with the editing process. There was a lot of back and forth until I finally decided that I had a finished product that was good enough to submit. Hitting the send button was difficult, but I knew that I’d done everything I could on my end so it was time to let it go.
Seven weeks later I got the news – Dreamspinner Press was going to publish my novel “Linemates”!! Getting the contract offer was a dream come true for me. Linemates will be published May/June of 2015. I’m looking forward to the process that will lead up to publication. I still have a hard time believing this is actually happening.
This year I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo, because November is typically a very busy month at work. I have been thinking about my next novel, which will be a M/M young adult romance. I just need to get my butt in gear and get working on it!