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The big news!

June 12th, 2016 at 08:08 pm

It's taken five long years and five huge revisions/rewrites, but my first novel is officially finished. Now, I'm crafting a query letter so that I can send it off to agents and fingers crossed, get a book deal.

I know it's hard work, but I don't have blinders on. I've been a journalist and writer since age 18, and now at 41, I'm right where I need to be. So yes, this month, I'll start querying agents and writing my next book.

With two little kids and a freelance job, this has been a long time coming. But I'm excited and optimistic, and I'm excited to really get going writing more books. I have so many ideas--too many really- and I'm anxious to birth them all.

My life will change drastically in the fall-- for the first time in 8 years, I will have kids in school ALL DAY, and will have a large uninterrupted block of time to actually work on writing projects. I suspect this will be life changing.

(For those of you who are curious, it's a young adult supernatural suspense novel. No vampires, I swear.)

In other news...

I haven't been on here much since the mortgage was paid off. (Still loving that. ) I've been caught in the end of year rush.

I took a trip to New Orleans to see friends and go to a concert, then the boys got out of school, then we immediately left for a family trip to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon, et al, with kids and other family.

I'm still catching up financially from those two trips, and the initial charges for the summer day camp I'll be sending the kids. But, I'm optimistic now that I am home, and we will be settling into a routine, that I'll be able to put money into savings and really get going on other goals now that the mortgage is dead.

I've missed all of you!

18 Responses to “The big news!”

  1. Kellyb Says:

    Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment for you with everything else you had going on in your life the last few years. Good luck on the next steps!!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That's fantastic! Congratulations!! I wish you well as you search for your deal!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Congrats!!! I've written three short novels, all in the past three years, but haven't felt strongly enough about any of them to do more than a medium edit/proof. I'm beyond impressed that you stuck with this one and got it ready to shop around!

    Oh--and two of mine are sort of YA supernatural thriller-y as well. It's a fun genre to write in! Wink

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    Ceejay, if you ever want to swap manuscripts for some advice, or workshopping, just let me know!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Congratulations! I write, too, but adult fiction. V-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, I'm afraid.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Congratulations on completing your tome! Hope you get a great book offer.

  7. Carol Says:

    Congratulations. What a wonderful accomplishment!

  8. Dido Says:

    Congrats! That's quite an accomplishment. And how nice that you will have the kids in school full-time in the fall and even more time to focus on writing then!

  9. ceejay74 Says:

    Aw, that's so nice, thanks! I'm wondering whether I should combine two of them -- one is a sequel but they're both short enough that they'd make a single one. If I do that, and feel like they're in better shape, I'll let you know! Or who knows, maybe this year's NaNoWriMo result will be better than the previous ones.

  10. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm thinking of using the NaNoWriMo to write a nonfiction garden on an ultra low budget book I've been toying with. I know it's not fiction, but having the deadline would really jump start things.

  11. scottish girl Says:

    That's brilliant!

  12. Ima saver Says:

    We have missed you too! Good luck on the book!

  13. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    congratulations! What an accomplishment

  14. Buendia Says:

    That is awesome! Actually exactly the type of book my daughter and I both like to read, so I'm waiting anxiously for it to be published!!

  15. crazyliblady Says:

    Congrats on finishing the book. As a published writer myself (boring academic stuff, I swear), I know the work that goes into crafting each sentence. I am humble before those who can write fiction, though, as I have no imagination for that. Can you post a url of where to buy when it is published?

  16. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How fantastic!

  17. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Congratulations that's great!!!! My fingers are crossed that you get a book deal!

  18. LivingAlmostLarge Says:


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